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Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

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The Chemistry Centre

Scientist examining tubes of discoloured water

Department of Enviroment and Science

The Chemistry Centre provides laboratory services, analysis, high quality data and information through the analysis of soils, plants, sediments and waters to support government projects for research, policy, and planning outcomes. The centre develops and advises on research methods, sampling techniques and the interpretation of results. We utilise environmental tracing technologies and geomorphological techniques to understand nutrient and sediment movement in the environment. We maintain a ‘state of the art’ research capacity in technical knowledge and instrumentation to provide expertise to support government policies and programs.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Chemical and physical analysis of water soils and plants samples providing high quality defensible data and information
  • Analysis of soil and sediment samples for: soil health; environmental monitoring and tracing (nutrients, heavy metals); contamination; land resource surveys; impact assessments; acid sulfate soils and geochemistry and stable isotopes
  • Plant material analysis for: diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies; fertiliser application requirements and crop quality
  • Testing of water and wastewater for: environmental monitoring; industry effluent discharge; waste water run-off; agricultural production (Irrigation and stock drinking water)
  • Project support in the design of research and monitoring projects
  • Quality Assurance to national or international standards
  • Post analysis support - feedback, advice and interpretation of analytical results
  • Maintaining availability of data on all corporate databases such as Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Soil and Land Information (SALI)

Facilities and major equipment

  • Water and Isotope Laboratory
  • Soil and Plant Laboratory
  • Geochemistry Laboratory

Number of research staff

20–100 research staff


Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, , Dutton Park, 4102

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Agency

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Last updated:
19 June 2019