Vision & Mission

Our Vision

The ACMM’s vision is to be a world-leading research centre in the field of modern 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 centre 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.

The centre staff are motivated towards 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 centre 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. Researchers from the University of Sydney are the major users of the centre, but usage from other nodes of the AMMRF, other University and Government-based laboratories and industry is also very 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’s three colleges, and the work of the ACMM has a strong academic component. 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 centre maintain their own substantial programs, supported by competitive funding from both research councils, agencies and the community, particularly 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

In addition to PhD research studentships and postdoctoral fellowships, conducted in the host Schools of the academic staff, the centre offers research training in microscopy and microanalysis; specialised undergraduate coursework modules for the University’s BSc and BE degree programs; targeted fee-for-service training programs for the community, in particular industry; and special workshops and conferences.