The Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) facilitates materials research through advanced instrumentation, analysis and characterisation. Combining an open-access policy to research equipment and staff expertise with highly competitive rates, the MCFP enables interdisciplinary collaborations and innovation across universities, research institutions and industry throughout Australia and beyond.
The MCFP has notable expertise in x-ray diffraction, mass cytometry, atomic force microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, mechanical testing, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, nanoindentation, nanofabrication, contact angle studies and surface tensiometery.
We welcome all users across the scientific community, from universities and research institutes to industry - to find out more and for contact details, please visit our website: http://research.unimelb.edu.au/infrastructure/nanomaterials
X-ray diffraction provides information on the structure of your material. The MCFP's Bruker D8 Advance, operated by our dedicated XRD expert, Liz Goodall, is capable of collecting x-ray diffraction data on a wide range of sample types.
The laboratory can provide a variety of services including:
Turnaround on samples is typically 1-2 weeks with the following pricing structure per sample:
University of Melbourne: $60/sample
External University: $75/sample
Research Institution: $100/sample
Commercial: Please contact for a quote
Subscription rates are available for regular users.
Qualitative and quantitative analysis and sample prep costs are not included - please contact us for a quote.
Uniquely combining time-of-flight mass spectrometry and flow cytometry, mass cytometry allows single cell resolution within complex biological systems.
The Fluidigm Helios mass cytometer quantifies cell-associated heavy metals using inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Like traditional fluorescence-based flow cytometry, mass cytometry allows multiple cellular parameters to be measured simultaneously. However, in contrast to flow cytometry, mass cytometry uses probes that are labelled with heavy metal isotopes, which allows very highly parametric experiments (typically >40 parameters) to be run simultaneously with minimal cross channel signal spillover.
The MCFP has a dedicated Academic Specialist, Dr Andrew Mitchell, who operates the instrument and supports researchers in the design, implementation and analysis of multiparameteric mass cytometry based experiments. Andrew has 20 years experience in mass and flow cytometry in both academia and industry.
Turn around on smaller jobs is typically 1-3 weeks, sample dependent. We operate with pricing tiers for academic and industrial researchers. We also welcome longer, ongoing projects and collaborations from a variety of disciplines - please contact us with your requirements.
The MCFP's AFM facility is the leading, world-class scanning probe microscopy facility in Australia and operates under the guidance of Prof. Ray Dagastine. The facility is home to 4 atomic force microscopes that offer a wide range of measurement and surface characterisation techniques for a variety of samples, in liquid and air.
Users can either be trained on the AFMs or can utilise the expertise of our dedicated instrument manager, Dr Christine Browne, to fulfil their research requirements.
The Cypher is currently the highest resolution AFM on the market and has recently been upgraded to bluedrive photothermal excitation capability. It is a versatile, quick and easy to use instrument that offers a variety of surface characterisation techniques in air or liquid including:
-Mechanical properties mapping e.g. viscoelastic mapping (AMFM) and contact resonance.
-Magnetic properties (MFM)
-Electrical properties (KPFM)
Whether you are trying to quantify the growth of 3 nm peptides over time or map the stiffness of domains in geopolymer concrete, this AFM can do it all!
The Bio-MFP3D AFM is situated inside a PC2 certified laboratory so can be utilised for biological and live cell measurements and imaging in air or liquid. The AFM is mounted on a Nikon TE-i inverted microscope with fluorescence imaging capability.
MFP-3D AFM (Acoustic Hood)
This AFM is situated inside an acoustic isolaton enclosure and on a Herzan isolation table, providing excellent acoustic protection, low frequency passive vibration isolation and protection from air currents. The instrument is primarily used for investigating colloidal forces, young's modulus measurement of cells, particles and hydrogels, nano-indentation and topographic imaging amongst other things.
This AFM is versatile and a wide range of measurements can be carried out: imaging (tapping and contact mode), magnetic and electric forces, force modulation. Perfect for a first contact with AFM and good for big sample types.
Turn around for service jobs is typically 1-3 weeks, sample and technique dependent. We welcome small, simple characterisation jobs or in depth, ongoing projects. Please get in contact to discuss you requirements, whatever they might be.
High-speed deconvolution microscopy, live-cell imaging, stochastic illumination.
SIM (Structured Illumination Microscopy): OMX V4 Blaze
The OMX V4 Blaze is a super-resolution microscope that uses a structured illumination pattern to achieve sub-diffraction limit imaging in 3D.
The OMX can resolve objects down to 100nm in the X and Y and 250nm in Z. It is configured for live-cell imaging and can also be used for high-speed deconvolution microscopy.
STORM (Stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy): Nikon N-STORM
The N-STORM uses stochastic illumination approach to illuminate only a sub-set of the total fluorophores and blink them on and off across thousands of frames.
By fitting points to the fluorophore peaks, it can reconstruct an image with a resolution of up to 20nm in X and Y and 50nm in Z.
Turnaround for Super-res microscopy is typically 1-3 weeks, sample dependant. Please contact us with your requirements for a quote.
Capturing high-quality confocal images at ultrahigh-speed and enhanced sensitivity with a resonant scanner and large incubation chamber, the Nikon A1R+ is a powerful tool for the imaging and visualisation of intracellular dynamics and interaction.
The MicroMaterials Nanotest Vantage offers the following tests:
Please contact us for a quote.
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.
The OCA 20 enables the reduction of subjective factors and time involved for contact angle measurements in research, quality and production inspection.
It is easy to use. The video-based optical contact angle measuring system OCA 20 is the most versatile instrument for the contact angle measurement and drop shape analysis.
Flow cytometer with extreme sensitivity and resolution, suitable for a wide range of experiments.
Apogee A-50 Microflow Cytometer
The Apogee A-50 Microflow Cytometer is a benchtop flow cytometer with extreme sensitivity and resolution from multiple light scatter and fluorescence detectors.
It can be configured for a wide range of samples and techniques, but is especially well suited for nanoparticles, bacteria and other small particle analysis tasks.
Partec Cyflow space - Flow Cytometer
Ultra-Compact, High-End, Multi-Laser, Benchtop Flow Cytometry System
This high-end, multi-laser, benchtop flow cytometer is highly versatile and can be equipped for most applications in cell and particle analysis and absolute counting. The CyFlow Space detects forward and side scatter signals in combination with up to 9 channels of fluorescence across three laser lines.
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