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The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis

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The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM) is a cross-disciplinary research centre, bringing together world-class research activities on the characterisation of materials and biological structures at the micro, nano and atomic scales. The ACMM’s Director is .

The core activities of the centre lie in three areas: research services, research programs and research training.

  1. The centre’s research services are delivered by Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis (SMM). Our interdisciplinary team of technical staff are highly skilled in translating the capabilities of our broad range of microscopy and microanalysis instruments into research outcomes for our users.
  2. The research programs of the academics and researchers in the centre involve the development and application of advanced methodologies in microscopy and microanalysis. This local (or 'native') research is an essential part of maintaining a world-class centre and ensures that the technical and scientific staff are able to solve the research challenges of the large user community.
  3. Research training, also managed through SMM, entails teaching users the theoretical basis, and practical use, of advanced microscopes and microanalysis instruments.

The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM) is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its type in Australia. The centre is the headquarters the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF). Researchers have access to an outstanding array of nanostructural analysis equipment, within SMM and at our partner nodes.

The centre is a major contributor to the University’s research output, and plays a vital role in supporting the microscopy and wider community through training, award courses and consulting.

The Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF)

Access microscopy and microanalysis at our locations around Australia. Our optical, electron, X-ray, scanning and ion-beam techniques are complimented by world-leading platforms such as atom probe tomography and advanced ion probes. Try our popular online tools, Technique Finder and MyScope to advance your research and microscopy training.

From healthcare to agriculture, engineering to archaeology, we enable Australian science. In addition to our core offering of microscopes, training and services to researchers, we engage with the wider community through exhibitions, publications and conferences.

The AMMRF is based around a nodal structure of major microscopy centres and Linked Laboratories. This collaborative facility enables discovery, innovation and ingenuity in Australian science.

The AMMRF is funded by

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The ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals coordinates the principal materials research groups in Australia, and their internationally-competitive research strengths, to provide a research platform that will assist expansion of the light metals industry, both nationally and globally.

The Centre of Excellence comprises Monash University (Department of Materials Engineering), the University of Queensland (School of Engineering), the University of New South Wales, (School of Materials Science and Engineering), Deakin University (School of Engineering and Technology), the University of Sydney (Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis and School of Civil Engineering), and the University of Melbourne (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering).