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 four Atomic Force Microscopes. These are 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 is available for access.
Flow cytometer, with extreme sensitivity and resolution, is 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
Scanning Electron Microscopy
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 register for an iLab account by clicking on the following link and clicking Register.
Please take a look at the MCFP Access and Usage Handbook for more information on the platform.
You can download the MCFP logo for presentations here.
The MCFP has implemented a new booking system called iLab
- For new users, please click Register in the above link to create an iLab account
- For registered iLab users, please login via the link above.
iLab allows you to:
- Create a booking on MCFP instruments
- Request training on MCFP instruments
- submit samples for analysis on XRD, CyTOF and HIM
- Submit a service/consultation request
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)
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).
DR TIAN ZHENG
Platform Support Officer (Nanomaterials Characterisation)
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
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