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.
All instrumentation on the MCFP platform is available for University of Melbourne researchers, external universities, institutes and research organisations as well as industry partners.
Please register for an iLab account by clicking on the following link and clicking Register. Once Registered you can request training, book instruments, submit samples for analysis and submit a service/consultation request.
Please take a look at the MCFP Access and Usage Handbook for more information on the platform.
You can download the MCFP logo for presentations here.
The MCFP has implemented a new booking system called iLab
- For new users, please click Register in the above link to create an iLab account
- For registered iLab users, please login via the link above.
iLab allows you to:
- Create a booking on MCFP instruments
- Request training on MCFP instruments
- submit samples for analysis on XRD, CyTOF and HIM
- Submit a service/consultation request
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
The MCFP is working from home!News
3D Optical Microscopy & Pendant Droplet TensiometryFree training
Piezo Force Microscopy featuring in Energy & Environmental Science (IF 33.250)News
Renishaw inVia Qontor Raman UpgradeRaman Microscope Upgrade
FTIR and Raman microscopy-free training in November 2019FREE TRAINING
Free access in 2019 on our PerkinElmer GC/MS & Elemental AnalyserFREE ACCESS IN 2019
See our NanoSight feature article in the April/May edition of Lab+Life ScientistMagazine Article
We have recently upgraded our Nikon A1R+ Confocal Microscope to have Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) capabilities.Instrument upgrade
Our Cypher AFM, the world's highest resolution AFM, has had an upgrade. It now has even better resolution!Instrument upgrade
Our new Malvern NanoSight NS300 has successfully been installed and is now available to all researchers to use.New Instrument
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
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.
Platform Support Officer (Nanofabrication)
Platform Support Officer (Advanced Fluorescence Imaging)
DR ANDREW MITCHELL
Academic Specialist (Mass Cytometry - CyTOF)
DR ANDERS BARLOW
Platform Technologies Specialist (Multi-Ion Beam Microscopy and Nanofabrication)
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.
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. RAYMOND DAGASTINE
Academic Leader, MCFP, Nanomaterials Characterisation, Nanofabrication
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.