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Launch of the Cameca IMS 1280 by Kim Carr

28 August 2009, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The AMMRF is pleased to announce the launch of its latest multi-million dollar flagship instrument, the Cameca IMS 1280 ion probe, by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator, the Hon. Kim Carr, on Friday 28 August 2009.
Located in the AMMRF at the University of Western Australia (UWA), this impressive and highly sensitive instrument, weighing in at 7.5 tonnes, is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The combination of the IMS 1280 and its sister instrument, the Cameca NanoSIMS 50, creates the only imaging and analysis facility of its type in the world.

Senator the Hon. Kim Carr at the 1280 Flagship Launch
The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator, the Hon. Kim Carr and Assist/Prof. John Cliff, 1280 Flagship Manager at the University of Western Australia.

Such a capability enables Australian scientists to extend their range of scientific achievements into new realms of chemical and isotopic analysis. The two instruments can be applied in a complementary fashion to the search for evidence of the earliest life on Earth, new ore deposits, and into investigations of isotopes and elemental ratios in a range of diverse fields including geosciences, palaeontology, forensics, environmental and life sciences.

Director of the AMMRF's UWA node, Prof. David Sampson, said the machines work by bombarding samples with high-energy ion beams. “These instruments perform secondary ion mass spectrometry – they can differentiate isotopes of the same element such as carbon-12 and carbon-13, that only differ by one neutron. The NanoSIMS does this with exquisite spatial resolution and is used primarily for chemical mapping whereas the IMS 1280 is optimised for exquisite sensitivity and precision, so the two instruments complement each other.”

Prof. Simon Ringer, Executive Director and CEO of the AMMRF said, "The bringing together of these two superb instruments under the AMMRF umbrella offers a truly unique and world-class facility to the Australian research community."

The AMMRF is Australia’s peak research facility for the characterisation of materials by means of advanced microscopy and microanalysis, providing capability and services to all areas of the physical, environmental and biological sciences, to engineering, to medicine and to technology development.

Established under the Commonwealth Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the AMMRF is a truly national research facility with nodes at the University of Sydney (which also serves as the national headquarters), the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, the University of Western Australia, Australian National University, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of South Australia. The facility is funded by the Commonwealth Government through NCRIS and the State Governments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

The facility unites microscopy and microanalysis centres at these universities into a national collaborative grid of laboratories, unified in terms of both equipment and research expertise. The AMMRF provides new, state-of-the-art instruments to researchers from Australia on a merit basis at nominal rates.

Contact: Dr Jenny Whiting, AMMRF Marketing & Business Development Manager, ph. 02 9114 0566.

Flagship instruments

Cameca IMS 1280 Ion Probe
Cameca NanoSIMS 50 Ion Probe
The University of Western Australia

High-throughput cryo-TEM facility
The University of Queensland

Imago Local Electrode Atom Probes
The University of Sydney

FEI Nova NanoLab 200 DualBeam FIB
The University of New South Wales

FEI Helios NanoLab DualBeam FIB
The University of Adelaide; South Australian Regional Facility (SARF)

High-resolution SEM microanalysis facility
The University of New South Wales

University of South Australia; South Australian Regional Facility (SARF)