The Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) supports materials research through advanced instrumentation, analysis and characterisation. The MCFP welcomes all users across the scientific community, from universities and research institutes to industry.
Uniquely combining time-of-flight mass spectrometry and metal-labelling technology, mass cytometry allows single cell resolution within complex biological systems.
High-speed deconvolution microscopy, live-cell imaging, stochastic illumination.
Atomic force microscopy
The MCFP hosts 4 Atomic Force Microscopes, available to carry out a wide range of imaging and measurements
X-ray diffraction and residual stress
X-ray diffraction provides information on the structure of your material.
Multi-ion beam microscopy and nanofabrication
The Zeiss Orion NanoFab is an advanced scanning microscope that utilises an interchangeable multi-ion beam (helium and neon) for nanofabrication and sub-nanometre imaging.
The MCFP hosts a number of complimentary techniques for particle characterisation including the recently installed NanoSight NS300.
The MCFP Nanofabrication platform supports University of Melbourne (UoM) researchers accessing the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) located in Clayton.
Confocal and deconvolution microscopy
A versatile range of confocal and deconvolution microscopy
Flow cytometer with extreme sensitivity and resolution, suitable for a wide range of experiments.
Nano-indentation, micro-indentation, scratch testing, impact testing, liquid cell, nanopositioner stage for imaging of samples.
Contact angle and surface tensiometry
Contact angle measuring device for the measurement of the static and the dynamic contact angle, the surface free energy of solids, and the surface and the interfacial tension of liquids.
Mechanical Testing provides information on the mechanical properties of you material
All instrumentation on the MCFP platform is available for University of Melbourne researchers, external universities, institutes and research organisations as well as industry partners.
Please contact the platform manager or platform support officers to discuss your project, experimental requirements and to arrange instrument training or fee-for-service work.
Please take a look at the MCFP Access and Usage Handbook for more information on the platform and fill out and sign the MCFP New User Form before your first visit to us. You can download the MCFP logo for presentations here.
For users already trained on MCFP instruments, you can book time via the following booking systems:
- For AFMs, tensiometer and sputter coater click here
- For microscopes (super-res, confocal, fluorescence), flow cytometers and furnace click here
For X-ray diffraction, residual stress and mechanical testing, please contact Liz
For mass cytometry bookings, please contact Andrew
University of Melbourne researchers receive a 30% discount on the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) instrument rates when accessing the facility through the MCFP's pre-paid block account. UoM researchers can also take advantage of the MCFP's platform support officer, Dan Smith, who is based at MCN. Dan can help you with access, training, process development and technical support. Dan's time is free for all UoM researchers.
DR LAUREN HYDE
t: 03 834 40176 (x40176)
Platform Support Officer (Nanofabrication)
Platform Support Officer (Advanced Fluorescence Imaging)
Platform Support Officer (X-Ray Diffraction)
DR ANDREW MITCHELL
Academic Specialist (Mass Cytometry - CyTOF)
Platform Support Officer (Nanomaterials Characterisation)
DR BABAK NASR
Platform Support Officer (Multi-Ion Beam Microscopy and Nanofabrication)
Dr Babak Nasr is a Research Fellow in Nanoelectronics at the Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE), The University of Melbourne. His areas of expertise include Material Science, Methods in Materials Characterisation and Solid State Physics. In his current position on the MCFP he is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the multi-ion beam microscope from Zeiss (Orion nanofab).
PROF. RAYMOND DAGASTINE
Academic Leader, MCFP, Nanomaterials Characterisation, Nanofabrication
DR FRANCESCA CAVALIERI
Academic Leader, Advanced Fluorescence Imaging
PROF. GEORGE FRANKS
Academic Leader, X-Ray Diffraction
MARTA REDRADO NOTIVOLI
Platform Support Officer (Currently on Leave)
See our NanoSight feature article in the April/May edition of Lab+Life ScientistMagazine Article
We have recently upgraded our Nikon A1R+ Confocal Microscope to have Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) capabilities.Instrument upgrade
Our Cypher AFM, the world's highest resolution AFM, has had an upgrade. It now has even better resolution!Instrument upgrade
Our new Malvern NanoSight NS300 has successfully been installed and is now available to all researchers to use.New Instrument
Thursday 2:30pm - 3:30pmMCFP Seminar: Introduction to Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS).seminar
Thursday 12:45pm - 1:45pmMCFP Seminar: AFM Based Infrared Spectroscopyseminar
Tuesday 2pm - 4pmHirox RH-2000 3D Digital Microscope DemoInstrument Demo