The Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) supports materials research through advanced instrumentation, analysis and characterisation. The MCFP welcomes all users across the scientific community, from universities and research institutes to industry.
Nano- and micro-scale characterisation of bulk and thin materials, nanoparticles, living cells and tissues
Cytometry and Particle Characterisation
Analysis of cells in suspension
Advanced Fluorescence Imaging
Cutting-edge imaging technology of living or fixed samples
Electron and Ion Microscopy
High resolution surface imaging and nanoscale milling and patterning
Investigate the crystalline nature of materials
Confocal Raman and FTIR microspectroscopies
The MCFP Nanofabrication platform supports University of Melbourne (UoM) researchers accessing the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) located in Clayton.
Services for Industry
MCFP offers consultation and fee-for-service solutions to industry researchers. We can apply our broad capability and expertise to help answer your process related questions.
DR ELENA TARAN
Elena joined The University of Melbourne as MCFP Manager in 2019. Her previous appointments included positions with School of Chemical Engineering and Australian National Fabrication Facility at The University of Queensland. Elena completed her PhD in the Surface Control Engineering Laboratory of Kyoto University. She is an expert in surface characterisation by scanning probe microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy and microanalysis.
Anders' background is in materials characterisation and surface chemical analysis. After his PhD he spent 4 years in the UK at a national XPS service laboratory, during which time he was introduced to the helium ion microscope. In 2016 he returned to Australia and joined La Trobe University continuing to apply his experience in surface analysis until in 2018 he joined the MCFP as the HIM specialist. Anders supports researchers in the application of helium ion microscopy to novel challenges in micro and nanoscale imaging of soft materials.
Platform Support Officer (Nanofabrication)
Platform Support Officer (Advanced Fluorescence Imaging)
DR DARRYL JOHNSON
Platform Support Officer (Advanced Fluorescence Imaging)
Darryl has previously worked within the University of Melbourne and the ACR Centre of Excellence for Advanced Molecular Imaging. He has a background in molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology. He is an expert in cell cytometry, confocal microscopy, multiparameter imaging and image analysis.
t: 03 903 57749 (x57749)
DR TIAN ZHENG
Platform Support Officer (Nanomaterials Characterisation)
Tian has a background in atomic force microscopy (AFM) and nanomaterial characterisation. In 2017, she joined University of Melbourne as the platform support officer for the Nanomaterial Characterisation Node in MCFP. She has experience in AFM sample preparation, morphological imaging, mechanical characterisation and a range of functional imaging modes for both nanomaterials and biological samples.
Prof Ray Dagastine
Platform Academic Champion
Ray Dagastine is a Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering. Ray is the Academic leader of the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform. Ray has held successful fellowships as an ARC Future Fellow (2009 – 2013) and Senior Technology Fellow at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) (2009-2015). He has established a successful research program in colloid and interfacial science working on both fundamental studies and applied projects in food, personal care products, and minerals processing often around formulation problems. Ray has extensive expertise in atomic force microscopy, optical scattering methods and particle and surface characterisation techniques. He also has research interests in structure in complex fluids, non-equilibrium surface forces, nanomechanical properties of soft materials and diffusion of anisotropic nanoparticles in confinement.
t: 03 834 44704 (x44704)
Prof George Franks
George Franks is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and has over two decades of research experience in the ceramics and minerals processing fields. His research interests include suspension rheology, advanced ceramics powder processing, mineral processing, particularly flocculation and flotation, colloid and surface chemistry, alumina surfaces, oxide crystal growth and materials modelling. He is a member of the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, Melbourne Materials Institute and the Defence Materials Technology Centre.
t: 03 834 49020 (x49020)
All instrumentation on the MCFP platform is available for University of Melbourne researchers, external universities, institutes and research organisations as well as industry partners.
MCFP Booking System
- Request training on MCFP instruments
- Create bookings on MCFP instruments
- Submit samples for analysis
- Submit service/consultation requests
New MCFP users
For University of Melbourne researchers:
If your supervisor cannot be found in the list, they may need to have a new lab group created. Please use the Support Request on the Research Gateway page to ask for help.
For External researchers including Industry:
Please register for an iLab account by clicking on the following link, hovering over the Register link in the top right-hand corner, then clicking Register for an iLab Account.
You can find support information including user guides at the Research page.
For All MCFP Users:
Please take a look at the MCFP Access and Usage Handbook for more information on the platform.
Remember that it is a requirement that all outputs arising from the use of MCFP facilities must acknowledge the platform. Please use the following in the acknowledgement section of any papers:
“This work was performed in part at the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)”
The MCFP logo should be included on the acknowledgement slide of all presentations that
have used MCFP equipment. You can download the MCFP logo for presentations here.
University of Melbourne researchers receive a 30% discount on the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) instrument rates when accessing the facility through the MCFP's pre-paid block account. UoM researchers can also take advantage of the MCFP's platform support officer, Dan Smith, who is based at MCN. Dan can help you with access, training, process development and technical support. Dan's time is free for all UoM researchers.
How to find us
Node locations and Getting To Us
We are located on the main University of Melbourne campus in Parkville, near to multiple public transport links, see the map above.
Arriving by train into Melbourne Central station you can catch any tram North along Swanston Street and get off at either Lincoln Square for the HIM node, or Stop 1 for all other MCFP nodes.
Otherwise it is only a short (~10-15 minute) walk through Melbourne's bustling streets to reach the campus. There is some on-street parking available surrounding the campus although this is generally very limited.
Stay up to date with the latest news and events from the MCFP
Below you will find the latest News and Event listings for the MCFP.
You can also follow MCFP on LinkedIn and YouTube to keep up to date with everything that is happening around the platform.
RACI PhysChem Webinar: Imaging Soft Materials with Light Ion BeamsSEMINAR
Monday 10am - 11amAsk the Specialist - Cytometry & Materials ScienceEvent
Monday 10am - 11amAsk the Specialist - Vibrational SpectroscopyEvent
Monday 10am - 11amAsk the Specialist - Atomic Force MicroscopyEvent
Thursday 1pm - 2pmAFM fundamentals and imaging capacitiesWORKSHOP
Thursday 1pm - 2pmIntroduction to Helium Ion MicroscopyWORKSHOP
Thursday 1pm - 3pmAtomic Force Microscopy capabilities available at MCFPWORKSHOP
Friday 10am - 11amAdvanced Fluorescence ImagingSEMINAR