a national collaborative research facility

  • for the characterisation of materials at the micro, nano and atomic scales
  • making expert support, training and instruments accessible to all researchers
  • enabling world-class Australian research and innovation

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. For science success stories, see our online and printed News & Media and watch our Impact video.


Impact of ocean plastics

June 20, 2014

Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological ...Read More

A crystal of putnisite

Inner secrets of unique minerals revealed

April 24, 2014

Putnisite is the latest of 12 completely new Australian minerals characterised over the last few ...Read More

SEM of new bone subsitute

Commercial partnership to bring bone scaffolds to market

April 8, 2014

The University of Sydney has granted an exclusive licence to Australia’s largest manufacturer of ...Read More