Network Labs

An initiative of the Research Infrastructure Scheme: Supporting Collaborative Research

UNSW Network Labs have been established in order to improve accessibility for researchers and industry to research infrastructure based in UNSW Faculties and Schools. Such infrastructure is not limited to scientific instrumentation but includes any resource that can be used for research, for example local expertise, IT infrastructure or collections. Network Labs will make such Faculty-based infrastructure accessible to a broader user base outside the local School or Centre with the aim to foster and support sharing of resources and enhance collaboration.

Network Labs are an initiative under the Research Infrastructure Scheme and nine Network Labs are currently in the process of setting up operations. These Labs and their capabilities are listed below.

For general questions about Network Labs or the Research Infrastructure Scheme, please contact pvcresin@unsw.edu.au.

 

Recombinant Products Facility: Protein Production, Purification and Characterisation at UNSW

The Recombinant Products Facility has been set up to help researchers fast track their projects at any stage of their protein production pipeline (from a protein production by fermentation to its purification and characterisation). Thanks to their extensive experience, the RPF staff can assist you in designing your project and train you on any equipment listed below.

Capability and services offered

Protein expression by fermentation: Upstream processing:

  • Micro-bioreactors: Deutz system for 24 and 96 well incubation for expression screenings.
  • Shaking incubators: With sub-ambient temperature capabilities. Two Benchtop and one floor shaker
  • Controlled Stirred Tank fermenters: 2L capacity (New Brunswick), 2 x 5.5L capacity (Applikon), 10L capacity (New Brunswick), 20L capacity (New Brunswick)
  • Phenometrics Photobioreactor: 500 mL capacity
Sample harvest and conditioning: Midstream processing:
  • Floor centrifuge: up to 6 x 1L capacity
  • Cross-flow filtration:  50cm2, 1000cm2, 4500cm2 cross-flow systems for microfiltration, sample concentration and buffer exchange
Protein purification: Downstream processing:
  • ÄKTAexplorer: sub-ambient
  • ÄKTApurifier: Room temperature
  • ÄKTAstart: sub-ambient
Protein characterisation: 
  • HPLC:  Agilent for Analytical Size Exclusion or Reverse Phase. DAD and fluorescence detector
  • SDS-PAGE and Western blotting:  Life Technologies Bolt system
  • Sprectrophotometer:  UV-Vis scan, microplate assays (end point and kinetics)
Training offered Training can be provided for all of the pieces of equipment mentioned above.
Costs Costs start from $50 per day or $1,000 for an annual subscription. More information is available here on the RPF website.
Access

Access to the UNSW Recombinant Products Facility is by one of two mechanisms and is for the most part, restricted to UNSW staff and students (or affiliated Institutes).

Under the first mechanism, we can assist you in designing your project and train you at different stages of the protein production and purification pipeline. The training services provided by RPF may range from a fully assisted technical support and training for the infrequent user to an equipment resource for the experienced user. You will be expected to provide all consumables, buffers and columns if required and will need to also undergo a full lab induction. Once trained, you can access to the online booking system of the facility.

The second mechanism is where RPF staff provides a full service in terms of performing fermentation, mid-stream processing and/or downstream processing. This will incur charges (contact the Director for information regarding pricing).

Contact

Network Lab Manager: Hélène Lebhar, h.lebhar@unsw.edu.au

Network Lab Director: Dr. Chris Marquis, c.marquis@unsw.edu.au

Website: http://www.proteins.unsw.edu.au/

Molecular Surface Interaction Network Lab

The Molecular Surface Interaction Network Lab houses surface plasmon resonance and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation instruments. These instruments facilitate nano-scale analyses of how materials, molecules and cells interact on the nanoscale including protein-protein/peptide/antibody/carbohydrate, protein-material, material-cells.

Capability and services offered

Surface plasmon resonance is an optical technique that enables label-free real time detection of protein/peptide/antibody interactions and is widely used in industry for drug and antibody development. This instrument provides kinetics, stoichiometry and affinity measures. The system has 4 channels and is capable of auto-sampling allowing multiplexing of experiments for high throughput.

Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring is a gravimetric technique that allows label-free, real time detection of interactions between surface immobilised materials, molecules or cells and these same entities in solution providing kinetics, stoichiometry and viscoelastic measurements of the binding events with ng/cm2 resolution. The system is a 4-channel QCM-D allows multiplexing of experiments for high throughput and is equipped with the electrochemical module allowing simultaneous electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements and a cell module enabling simultaneous microscopy imaging.

The Network Lab offers:

  • Assistance with instrument selection and experimental design
  • Training to independently use the instruments
  • Training to analyse and interpret data
  • Staff operated data acquisition
  • Staff operated data analysis
  • Assistance with data analysis and interpretation for publication
  • Grant costing
Training offered
Training provided to:
  • Independently use the instruments
  • Analyse and interpret data
Costs Hourly instrument charges and purchase of sensor chips where applicable.  Please contact the network laboratory for more details.
Access

Contact the network laboratory to arrange a meeting to discuss your project and to see how the lab can assist you.
If you are a UNSW staff or student and you would like to independently use the instruments, you will need to work through the following steps to gain access to the network lab and the online booking system:

  1. Health and Safety induction - A laboratory induction and instrument training will be provided. Users will also need to provide evidence of current UNSW Work Health & Safety Awareness training.
  2. Theory – The network laboratory will assist you to understand the theory behind the instruments to make informed decisions about experimental design.
  3. Demonstration and supervised practice - The network laboratory will demonstrate how the instruments operate with hands on practise.
  4. Independence - Access to the laboratory and the online instrument booking system will be provided after a competency assessment.
  5. Ongoing support – Once training is complete you can work independently, however the network laboratory staff are there to help with questions about the instrument operation, experimental design and data interpretation.

Non-UNSW users can discuss independent use of instruments and laboratory access with the network laboratory staff.

Contact

Network Lab Manager: TBA

Network Lab Director: A/Prof. Megan Lord, m.lord@unsw.edu.au, +61 (2) 9385 3910 

Airborne Remote Sensing Facility

The Airborne Remote Sensing Facility operates a twin-engined Piper PA44 for airborne observations.

Capability and services offered

The aeroplane has an approved observation port and instrument rack, and is piloted by a UNSW Aviation pilot. Configuration and running of equipment is undertaken by Peter Mumford, the School’s Airborne Scientific Officer and technical specialist in data acquisition and analyses.

Routine:  Airborne Lidar Surveys: RIEGL VQ-480i. Standard Output: LAS files

Scientific GPS/IMU:  Novatel SPAN AG62

Aerial Photography:  Canon EOS5D 22 MP Camera

In Development:  Hyperspectral Camera:  Brandywine  CHAI 2048 to be run concurrently with the Lidar, or independently thereof

Other User Sensors:  May be flown subject to weight, balance, size, power requirements etc

 

Costings: Quotes are available from Jason Middleton

Technical Feasibility:  Should be discussed with Peter Mumford

Training offered Training will only be required if the user scientific team needs to fly in the aircraft to acquire data. In this case, there will be technical training concerning the scientific and aircraft systems as well as training in flying safety.
Costs Flight and salary costings: Costings depend on the flight time from/to Bankstown Airport and the survey site, as well as the flight time over the survey site. Direct survey costs also include costs for personnel (pilot and scientific officer), equipment maintenance, and for data analyses. UNSW overheads apply for non-UNSW users as assessed by the UNSW Research Office.
Access

Users may be able to operate their own special packages in flight, after training in basic aeroplane systems, and flight operation. The aeroplane pilot will be nominated and approved by the UNSW Aviation Flying Operations Unit Head of Operations.

To access the facility, an initial discussion should be held with Jason Middleton and Peter Mumford, following which a technical survey proposal should be prepared (specifying equipment to be flown, survey requirements, and data analyses). The proposal needs to be accepted and approved by the facility leader after discussion with the Aviation technical specialist, and by the UNSW Head of Operations.

Contact

Network Lab Airborne Scientific Officer: Peter Mumford, p.mumford@unsw.edu.au, +61 (2) 9793 3072

Network Lab Director:  Prof. Jason Middleton, j.middleton@unsw.edu.au, +61 (2) 9385 6747

Website: http://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au/research/airborne.html

BizLab

The UNSW Business Experimental Research laboratory (BizLab) is a multi-disciplinary research facility across the schools of the UNSW Business School, which is available for research use by all faculty and HDR students, and their collaborators. BizLab hosts a range of human research experiments examining decision making in business and economics.

Capability and services offered

The lab is a research-only facility that contains 48 fixed touchscreen workstations, a 20 person negotiation table with a corresponding number of laptops and movable dividers, and a private observation area. The lab hosts biometric equipment (including skin-conductance sensors and heart-rate monitors); eye-tracking technology; and virtual reality and augmented reality glasses.

Training offered The BizLab manager will explain lab guidelines and processes to new users. IT support for software/hardware/network questions is available from the BizLab’s IT advisor. Programming for specialized applications is available by the BizLab’s programmer, upon completion of an initial programming request form (available from the lab director).
Costs General use of the BizLab is free. Researchers are responsible for reimbursing study participants for their time. Hourly charges may apply for programming support; please contact the lab director for further information.
Access

Contact the lab manager to discuss specific requirements for your project. All BizLab studies require UNSW human research ethics approval, and cannot commence prior to approval being granted.

Contact

Network Lab Manager: Ms Kelly Wang, bizlab@unsw.edu.au 

Network Lab Director: Assoc. Prof. Kerry Humphreys, k.humphreys@unsw.edu.au

Website: http://bizlab.unsw.edu.au 

Community Reference Panel: Supporting engagement and excellence in research with marginalised people

The involvement of community perspectives in research is important to achieve better process and outcomes. The Community Reference Panel is a collection of individuals who are available to comment on various aspects of research (such as research questions and approaches, materials and methods, surveys, interview schedules, recruitment plans, findings and reports).

Capability and services offered

The panel members include people who live with hepatitis C or HIV, those with experience of prison, injecting drug use or sex work and Aboriginal people with these experiences.

The Panel Manager can consult with researchers regarding what type of consultation will meet their needs and then undertake that consultation to produce a report for the researcher. 

Training offered
None required.
Costs The cost of consultation ($40 per panel member) needs to be provided by the researcher. The cost of the Panel Manager to undertake consultations is covered by the Network Lab.
Access

The researcher is required to specify their needs to ensure that the Panel Manager is fully briefed and can provide feedback that is most relevant and useful.

Contact

Network Lab Manager: crp@unsw.edu.au+61 415 541 367

Network Lab Director:  Professor Carla Treloar, c.treloar@unsw.edu.au, +61 (2) 9385 6959

Website: https://csrh.arts.unsw.edu.au/about-us/centre/community-reference-panel/ 

Tyree X-ray CT Network Lab

The Tyree X-ray CT Network Lab houses a helical micro-CT to address tomographic imaging needs (3D and 4D) for quantitative analysis in many engineering and science disciplines. The micro-CT is purpose-built for research with open access (lead- lined room) and lends itself to adapting to complex needs, e.g. the attachment of auxiliary equipment like pressure or flow cells. 

Capability and services offered

The micro-CT has a 3072x3072 flatbed detector in a custom-build enclosure with outstanding temperature stability providing exceptionally clear images. The facility provides 3D volumes of X-ray density with typical tomogram sizes of 3000x3000x6000 voxels. Multiple images of the same sample under different conditions can be recorded and exactly registered, allowing the collection of differential tomograms using suitable sample holders.

 The Network Lab offers:

  • Staff operated sample mounting
  • Staff operated data acquisition
  • Staff operated reconstruction of datasets
  • Staff operated data visualisation (Drishti, ncviewer, imageJ)
  • Training to independently visualize datasets and access to a visualisation computer
  • Assistance with data organisation, retrieval, and storage
  • Grant costing
  • The system can also be used to acquire 2D radiographs (e.g. a time series) or series of 3D tomograms (time-lapse tomography)

The CT preparation lab includes:

  • Vacuum fluid injection setup
  • Plasma cleaner (surface treatment)
  • Small-scale core drills (2mm – 25.4mm)
  • Fume-hood
  • A multi-phase flooding setup with pumps and various pressure cells is accessible through collaboration

Services accessible only to subscription users (collaborative research):

  • Development time for new applications (e.g. to achieve optimal imaging contrast)
  • Quality control and repeat imaging if required
  • Access to specialised MPI-parallel software packages; potential code development where needed
  • Staff-operated high-level image processing and training
  • Partitioning grey-scale tomograms into different phases: using parallel computing and a complex combination of filters and derived contrasts to distinguish between material phases.
  • Deriving morphological and topological partitions
Training offered

Training provided to:

  • Independently visualize the 3D data for all users
  • Independently prepare samples for mounting (includes using preparation tools available in the micro-CT preparation laboratory)

Training available to subscription users (research collaboration) to:

  • Independently analyse and interpret data
  • Filter tomograms, carry out common corrections, partition samples into phases
Costs

Hourly instrument charges and subscription charges. Please contact the Network Lab for details.

Access

Contact the network laboratory to arrange a meeting to discuss your project and to see how the lab can assist you. Depending on the level of subscription you have access to different capabilities of the lab.

Independent operation of the facility is not permitted due to the sensitivity/fragility of the custom-build instrument as well as training/health and safety requirements (e.g. working with X-rays). 

A separate preparation laboratory on the same floor level is accessible to users of the facility. Relevant inductions and training will be provided.

Contact

Network Lab Manager: TyreeXray@unsw.edu.au

Network Lab Director: Professor Christoph Arns, c.arns@unsw.edu.au, +61 (2) 9385 5658

Website: http://unsw.to/tyreexray

Making Australian Stories: Academy Library Special Collections in Australian Literature, Theatre, Film and TV

The archival collections in Australian literature, theatre, film and television constitute the great majority of the UNSW Canberra Academy Library’s Special Collections. The project will improve the accessibility of material by introducing more consistent access controls and conditions across the collections. It will also improve the profile and visibility of the collections through targeted digitisation and website optimisation.

Capability and services offered

The archival materials include writers’ manuscripts, screen and script drafts, audiovisual recordings, bodies of correspondence, archival records of the publishing, film and television industries, and literary and historical ephemera. They reflect long-standing research strength in the field of Australian literature at UNSW and strategic collecting decisions through earlier decades, which sought to establish a distinctive role for the Academy Library in the GLAM sector.

 In so far as these collections are highly specialized, focused on Australian writers and cultural producers of the contemporary era, they are recognized as unique and of international importance. The materials include 28 key collections of significance, other collections of acute current interest, and further collections with notable research potential and interest. The 28 first-ranked collections include the papers of Robert Adamson, Graeme Blundell, Michael Dransfield, Bruce Dawe, Bob Ellis and Anne Brooksbank, Nick Enright, John Forbes, Mary Gilmore, Max Gillies, Dorothy Green, Frank Hardy, Laurie Hergenhan, Dorothy Hewett, Kate Llewelyn, Stephen Knight, Alex Miller, Geoff Page, Dorothy Porter, Jennifer Rankin, John Romeril, John A. Scott, Vivian Smith, Tom Thompson, Vicki Viidikas, and Patrick White.

 Further information and items listings are available on the Special Collections website

Training offered Guidelines on viewing and handling items in the collections can be accessed on the Special Collections website.
Costs

The collections are available to all users at no cost.

The John Howard Reading Room Terms of Use stipulate that non-UNSW users of the collections must register with the library and receive a library card, upon which access is provided at no cost.  

If clients are unable to visit the Reading Room, copies can be requested through the AskUs Special Collections Service. The charging structure for this service is available on inquiry.

Access

Access to the collections is currently available to all UNSW and external researchers by appointment in the Academy Library John Howard Reading Room at UNSW Canberra or through online requests and digitisations where possible.

Online Finding Aids are accessible here.

Contact

Requests for access to materials are processed through the Academy Library Enquiry process.

Collections Curator: Rose Holley, r.holley@adfa.edu.au+61 (2) 6268 6088

Network Lab Director: Professor Nicole Moore, n.moore@adfa.edu.au, +61 (2) 6268 8856.

Website: https://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/library/special-collections-1

Software Defined Network Testbed

Software Defined Network Testbed is a wide area network built using ARC-LIEF 2015 grant funds and is spread across ten institutions across Australia. 

Capability and services offered

This testbed facilitates research in three broad areas, namely Multimedia Service Quality, Network Design and Optimization, Security.

Training offered

We periodically conduct workshops on SDN using the infrastructure to various partners like universities and companies. Details of the most recent workshop held in Nov 2016 can be seen at: http://www.anzsdn.net/index.php/event/sdn-hands-on-training-and-certification/.

Costs

The testbed is intended to provide a platform for build, testing, and demonstrating prototypes and showcase them to industry partners such as Internet Service Providers and Government Agencies. Direct cost of accessing and using the testbed can be negotiated; however at the moment we rely on sponsorships (in cash and in-kind) to help with the cost recovery.

Access

Access to the testbed will be granted upon considering the requirement and availability. There will be some induction and training on how to use the network, after which user(s) should be able to access the testbed.

Contact

Network Lab Managers: Hassan Habibi Gharakheili, h.habibi@unsw.edu.au +61 423 819 569 or Veera Datla, v.datla@unsw.edu.au+61 449 656 426

Network Lab Director:  Professor Vijay Sivaraman, vijay@unsw.edu.au+61 (2) 9385 6577

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/anzsdntestbed/home

Gleeble Thermal and Mechanical Simulation Laboratory

The Gleeble 3500 is one of the most powerful and versatile materials processing facilities of its kind in the world, for investigating the thermal and mechanical behaviour of metals, alloys and metal-based composites (conducting materials). 

Capability and services offered

The Gleeble® facility housed in this Laboratory was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC)-LIEF scheme, with additional support from Universities of New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland, Monash and Deakin. A wide range of materials and metallurgical experiments and simulations are possible in the facility, including:

  • Physical simulation of major industrial processes such as casting, multi-pass hot rolling, extrusion, forging, roll bonding, hot isostatic pressing, continuous strip annealing, resistance welding etc.;
  • Systematic studies of ambient- and elevated-temperature material properties including tensile and compressive strength, ductility, formability, creep, and
  • Investigations of fundamental phenomena including solidification, recovery and recrystallization (static & dynamic), work hardening and flow softening, precipitation reactions, high temperature oxidation etc.

Further details about the general capabilities of the Gleeble facility and some interesting case studies are available on the manufacturer’s official website: www.gleeble.com

Due to the multi-functionality of the Gleeble facility, which is capable of carrying out numerous types of tests, our services range from a complete training program for both internal and external users, thereby enabling them to be independent use of the machine, through to full technical support.  The latter requires highly trained staff to carry out a specific testing program, unless an extended program of work requires individual training. We also provide advice for costing of experiments for grant applications.

Training offered

(1) Laboratory Induction and understanding WHS requirements for the laboratory and the equipment therein.

(2) On-site training for a specific test, including sample preparation, basic principles of machine operation, handling the processing and post-processing software.

Costs

There are several categories of user, so an appropriate hourly charge-out rate is based on the following:

(1)   ARC-partner universities. Each stakeholder (UNSW/UQ/Deakin/Monash/USYD) has a share of equity in the Gleeble facility and, accordingly, collaborators in these universities are allocated a certain number of days per annum. The universities also have different testing and training requirements, such that users may undergo appropriate training that will enable them to carry out independent testing through to the need for full technical support.

(2)   Non-core-partner universities. These researchers will require full technical support to carry out tests, unless an extended program of work requires individual training.

(3)   Government research organisations and industry. These users will  require  full technical support to carry out tests, unless an extended program of work requires individual training.

The specific rates for each of these categories and for a given test are available from the Laboratory Manager.

Access

Contact the Laboratory Manager to arrange a meeting to discuss project details and research goals. Inductions and safety training will be scheduled following the meeting.

(1) ARC-partner universities: For long term projects, users may be trained to operate the machine following inductions and WHS requirements. Technical support is provided. 

(2) Non-core-partner universities (external users): Access will be provided to the labs, however, equipment operation and data acquisition will be performed by technical staff.

Online booking system in place for all users with access provided, following completion of inductions and fulfilment of WHS requirements

Contact

Network Lab Manager:  Dr David Miskovic, d.miskovic@unsw.edu.au, +61 (2) 9385 0762

Network Lab Director:  Professor Michael Ferry, m.ferry@unsw.edu.au.