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$5.4 million LIEF success will extend AMMRF capability

04 December 2009, Sydney, NSW, Australia

It has just been announced that AMMRF nodes have attracted $4.61 million of LIEF funding for new, advanced microscopy instrumentation that will extend their capability in the face of increasing user demand and exciting new collaborations.

The Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis at the University of Sydney will be able to buy a much-needed additional dualbeam scanning electron microscope for nanoscale characterisation and fabrication, and a focused ion beam instrument to reside at the Electron Microscope Unit at the University of New South Wales. It will also be in a position to boast Australia's first dedicated five-dimensional multiphoton microscopy platform. The Centre for Advanced Microscopy at the Australian National University can now purchase a new analytical transmission electron microscope for the investigation of functional materials, earth processes and novel condensed matter along with a multi-photon confocal microscope for biochemistry and cell biology. The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis at the University of Western Australia was also successful in its application and will acquire a micro-CT, one of the most sought-after types of instrument available through the AMMRF. Adelaide Microscopy, the AMMRF facility at the University of Adelaide, will acquire a high-resolution environmental scanning electron microscope, which will have wide application across a range of disciplines from photonics to plant functional genomics.

In addition to these instruments to be situated in the core nodes, the AMMRF Linked Lab at the Queensland University of Technology has attracted $0.8 million that will support their purchase of an ultra-high-vacuum scanning tunneling microscope, to advance the understanding of novel materials.

Together, these awards account for more than $5.4 million from a total of $30 million of LIEF funding, reflecting the importance of microscopy and microanalysis to contemporary Australian research.

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.

AMMRF Founding Nodes
The University of Sydney Node
The University of Queensland Node
The University of Western Australia Node
The University of new South Wales Node
Australian National University Node
South Australian Regional Facility Nodes