Australian Centre For Microscopy And Microanalysis (ACMM)

Advanced microscopy and microanalysis facilities, services and training.

Key advantages
  • Advanced instrumentation and leading expertise.
  • Fast turn around for analysis services.
  • Contract services or instrument access for approved clients.


ACMM instrumenation

The Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis offers a comprehensive first-class suite of microscopy techniques and attendant specimen preparation facilities. It has dedicated technical and academic staff to operate equipment, train users and provide expert interpretation of results.

Advanced microscopy and microanalysis instruments and expertise including light and laser optic techniques, electron microscopy, ion beam analysis, milling and machining, scanned probe microscopy, X-ray analysis and imaging, image simulation, analysis and data mining.

The ACMM is the headquarters of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) which is Australia’s peak research facility for the characterisation of matter using advanced microscopy and microanalysis techniques.

Research and expertise capability

ACMM's research and academic expertise, combined with its wide variety of instrument platforms, has an impact on projects across all disciplines of science and engineering. Using advanced microscopy techniques and microanalysis instruments, the team can unlock relationships between structure and function at the micro and nano scale. This capability provides a window to the micro scale that cannot be observed by any other means.

The ACMM can provide a wide range of services, including the following.

  • Scanning electron microscopy. Surface imaging of materials and biological specimens to ~100,000X (1nm resolution). EDS analysis for the elements B to U. VP and ESEM for imaging of non-conducting and hydrated materials.
  • TEM imaging to ~1M X (0.13nm resolution). Energy filtered imaging, EDS and EELS.
  • X-ray Micro-Tomography (MicroCT). Non-destructive ‘CAT’ scan imaging of specimens up to 25mm in size. Resolution varies with volume scanned;
  • X-ray diffraction. Crystal phase identification and structural analysis. Programmable 1000?C heating stage.
  • Laser and optical. Full range of imaging modes in transmitted and reflected light. Fluorescence and confocal imaging with a range of laser and mercury vapour sources. Multi-photon confocal with 4 PMTs.
  • Cell culture facility.
  • Scanning probe microscopy. SPM with various AFM and STM modes. Flow and heating stages available. NSOM with 488nm laser.
  • Atom probe tomography. Field/Laser ionisation mass-spectroscopy technique with near-atomic level reconstruction of original atom locations. Unrivalled analytical sensitivity on the sub-nanometre scale.


Consultancy and Research services are provided to the commercial sector in the areas of product and process research and development; quality assurance and regulatory approval; failure analysis; patent litigation and expert witness.

Principal researchers / consultants

  • Professor Simon Ringer
  • Associate Professor Filip Braet
  • Dr. Allan Jones
  • Dr. Lilian Soon
  • Dr. Julie Cairney