Research Programs

At the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis (ACMM) about 50 academics, research fellows, students and visitors lead a diverse range of research projects ranging the biological and physical sciences to archaeological studies.

Examples of research programs within the centre include:

  • Applying quantitative atom probe tomography to light alloys, allowing development of principles for alloy design at the atomic scale.
  • Exploring biological systems by means of correlative imaging, thereby providing unprecedented insights into processes related to cancer.
  • Applying analytical transmission electron tomography to explore the morphology and properties of nanoparticles and nanoporous materials for use in next-generation catalysts.
  • Characterising nanostructured dilute magnetic semiconductors for design of new spintronic systems.

If you are interested in conducting a PhD at the ACMM with one of our affiliated academics, please refer to the Available Research Projects and Scholarships pages for more information.

Program Project Investigator/s          
Techniques in Atom Probe Tomography     New Directions in Data Analysis for Atom Probe Tomography

Prof. Simon Ringer

Computational Techniques in Nanostructural Analysis

Prof. Simon Ringer

New Approaches to Reconstruction in Atom Probe Tomography

Prof. Simon Ringer

Atom Probe Tomography of Less Conductive Materials

Prof. Simon Ringer

New Approaches to Understanding Grain Boundary Chemistry

Prof. Julie Cairney

 Design of Light Alloys      Three-Dimensional Imaging of Atoms in Advanced Titanium Alloys Prof. Simon Ringer
Advanced Characterisation of Zirconium Alloys for the Nuclear Industry

Prof. Simon Ringer

Prof. Julie Cairney

Structures and their Effect on Deformation Mechanisms in Nanostructured Materials Processed by Severe Plastic Deformation

Prof. Simon Ringer

Prof. Xiaozhou Liao

Design of a Novel Al Alloy for High Toughness Prof. Simon Ringer
Design with Cluster Strengthening for Enhanced Strength and Elongation Prof. Simon Ringer
Quantitative Atom Probe Tomography: Understanding Bonding in Cold-Spray-Formed Hybrid Nanomaterials

Prof. Simon Ringer

Prof. Julie Cairney

 Functional Nanomaterials    Growth Mechanisms of Nanocrystals and in Amorphous Materials Prof. Simon Ringer
Microscopic Origin of Ferromagnetism of Diluted Magnetic Semiconductors

A/Prof. Rongkun Zheng

Prof. Simon Ringer

High-resolution In-situ Characterisation of the Vapour-deposition Growth, the Structures and the Plasmonic Properties of Metallic Nanostructures

A/Prof. Zongwen Liu

Prof. Simon Ringer

Nanotube Nanothermometers – Synthesis, Characterisation and Application

A/Prof. Zongwen Liu

Prof. Simon Ringer

Nanobiology of Cancer   Modelling Biomolecular Signalling Pathways in Colorectal Cancer Cells by Using Multi-dimensional Correlative Imaging Techniques

A/Prof. Filip Braet

3-D Microscopic Analysis of Colorectal Cancer

A/Prof. Filip Braet

Transendothelial Transport Mechanisms of the Hepatic Sinusoid: From Cell to Molecule

A/Prof. Filip Braet