Physical sciences research

Research expertise

Massey has research expertise in the following areas of physical sciences. Find out more about our research, people, projects and research centres.

Research projects


Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory

Equipment in this laboratory includes a

  • 700 MHz spectrometer with a cryogenically-cooled probe; 60-place sample changer and autotune and match module for high throughput
  • 500 MHz spectrometer
  • 400 MHz spectrometer
  • 200 MHz horizontal widebore spectrometer, with high resolution imaging capabilities.

Optical Laboratory

The Laser Laboratory includes optical tweezers, light scattering, and Raman spectrometer.

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PC2-certified Laboratory

This laboratory includes equipment for molecular biology, protein expression and purification.

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Solar cell construction and performance

We have solar cell construction and performance testing facilities.

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There are a wide range of spectrometers as part of the equipment on the Manawatū campus including

  • Applied Photophysics Chirascan CD spectrometer (new in 2008)
  • ThermoElectron Nicolet high-resolution FT-MIR/FT-FarIR
  • UV-Vis spectrometers
  • Raman spectrometers
  • Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) spectrometer
  • Fluorimeter
  • Polarimeter

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X-ray Diffraction Laboratory

Laboratory includes the Rigaku Spider X-ray diffractometer, a microfocus rotating-anode generator with wrap-around detector (unique in Australasia) that is optimised for small molecule crystallography on microcrystals, powder diffraction and high resolution protein crystallography, crystallisation robot, microfocus rotating-anode generator, image-plate detector and capillary optics, optimised for small protein crystals.

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Research centres

Departments and staff

Find out more about the departments and staff involved in physical sciences at Massey.

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