Vision & Mission

Our Vision

The ACMM’s vision is to be a world-leading research facility in the field of microscopy and microanalysis, offering premier instruments, services and training to researchers from across Sydney and around Australia, and providing strong leadership in the national and international characterisation communities. This vision incorporates our aspiration to be a leading international facility of microscopy-oriented research with globally recognised academic endeavours that contribute to the research strengths of the University of Sydney.

Our Mission

To provide leadership in microscopy and microanalysis that supports innovation in Australian science and engineering through research services, research programs and research training.

Our staff are motivated to sharing expertise and the development of techniques for understanding the relationships between the structure and function of materials, devices and living systems. There are three core performance areas of the ACMM: to (i) provide research services, (ii) undertake leading edge research programs and (iii) deliver internationally recognised research training programs.

Research Services

The facility delivers characterisation services to the research community through the provision of state-of-the-art expertise and instrumentation in a wide range of microscopy and analysis techniques. These services are provided across a variety of modern facilities that exploit the optics from collimated beams including those of electrons, X-rays, ions, light and lasers as well as scanned probe techniques for surface science. While researchers from the University of Sydney are our major users, usage from other nodes of Microscopy Australia, other University and Government-based laboratories and industry is also significant.

Our staff has a wide range of scientific backgrounds, enabling the provision of expertise across a range of scientific, technological and engineering disciplines. Academic staff collaborate closely with users and researchers throughout the University which brings a strong interdisciplinary capability to our work. Staff provide academic and technical guidance to users on their projects and are expected to provide leadership in the development, introduction and application of characterisation techniques.

Research Programs

Academic staff affiliated with the facility maintain their own substantial programs, supported by competitive funding from research councils, agencies the community, and industry. They supervise research students and publish research outcomes of quality and quantity consistent with international benchmarks. One of the most important agencies of our research programs is postgraduate studentships and postdoctoral fellowships.

Research Training

We offer research training in microscopy and microanalysis for post graduates and researchers; targeted fee-for-service training programs for undergraduate coursework, the community, and industry; and special workshops.