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.


Sulfur holds clues to ancient Earth

November 7, 2014

Sulfur-using bacteria are one of Earth’s most ancient and widespread life forms, arising at a ...Read More


Nanoparticles – through the atom probe looking glass

October 22, 2014

Researchers have looked inside nanoparticles and, for the first time, could see how all the ...Read More


Nanopatch to tackle polio

October 2, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) is to provide funding to spin-out company, Vaxxas, so it can ...Read More