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
A range of atomic force microcopy platforms that are versatile and offer a wide range of measurements.
X-ray diffraction and residual stress
X-ray diffraction provides information on the structure of your material.
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.
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
Platform Manager (Currently on Maternity leave)
Acting Platform Manager
Platform Support Officer (Nanofabrication)
Platform Support Officer (Advanced Fluorescence Imaging)
Platform Support Officer (X-Ray Diffraction)
DR ANDREW MITCHELL
Academic Specialist (Mass Cytometry - CyTOF)
DR CHRISTINE BROWNE
Platform Support Officer (Nanomaterials Characterisation)
Christine has a background in nanofabrication and colloid and interfacial science. She recently completed her PhD studies which involved extensive use of atomic force microscopy (AFM), microfluidics and nanofabrication. Christine is responsible for the Nanomaterials Characterisation node of the MCFP and is experienced in characterising surfaces with the various techniques of AFM, interfacial tensiometry and application of metallic surface coatings.
t: 03 903 58587 (x58587)
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)
Advanced microscopy, atomic force microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, nanofabrication and X-ray diffraction