Life Science & Soft Matter Facility (AIBN Building 75)

The Life Science & Soft Matter Facility is located on the ground floor of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology building. This purpose-built laboratory houses two state of the art transmission electron microscopes, two serial blockface scanning electron microscopes and a Focussed Ion Beam Dual Beam scanning electron microscope plus a range of sample preparation facilities. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with a sophisticated optical microscopy suite and several benchtop scanning electron microscopes.  Contact details.

Life Science & Soft Matter Instrument List
Micro/Nano Particle Characterisation Facility

The Micro/Nano Particle Characterisation Facility (MNPCF) is located on Level 1 of the AIBN, within CMM’s Life Science and Soft Matter Facility. The MNPCF is home to state-of-the-art instruments for particle characterisation, including laser diffraction with dynamic imaging, and static imaging, for size and shape analysis of both wet and dry particulate samples. We are also home to a nano-flow cytometer for measuring size distribution, particle concentration and biochemical properties of single nanoparticles. A powder dispersion unit is also available for sample preparation for optical/electron imaging of powder samples.

In addition to the equipment housed in the MNPCF we are pleased to provide access to a range of other particle characterisation instrumentation across UQ via our Partner network.

Micro/Nano Particle Characterisation Facility Instrument List


Material Science Microscopy & Novel Imaging Technologies (Hawken Building 50)

The Hawken laboratory houses scanning electron microscopes and novel imaging instruments.  There are a series of scanning electron microscopes that can examine a very broad range of sample types.  Many of these instruments are capable of microanalysis using a wide variety of techniques. The laboratory houses a microprobe instrument that provides quantitative elemental analysis from polished specimens.  Contact details.

The Novel Imaging component of Hawken offers a range of mass spectrometry, electron beam lithography and X-Ray Fluorescence instrumentation. The mass spectrometry component is led by Dr Brett Hamilton.  The EBL instrumentation and clean room are led by Dr Elliot Cheng.  Lachlan Casey leads the X-Ray Fluorescence instrumentation that is housed at the X-Ray Material Science & Spectrometry Laboratory.  Contact details.

Material Science Microscopy Instrument List

Novel Imaging Instrument List


Structural Biology and Protein Crystallography (QBP Building 80)

Located in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct at The University of Queensland, the Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Facility is a laboratory that was purpose-built for standard and cryo-TEM sample preparation and analysis, as well as electron tomography of both resin-embedded and cryo-samples (for three-dimensional analysis).  Contact details.

UQ Remote Operation Crystallization and X-ray Diffraction Facility is located in the Queensland BioScience Precinct at The University of Queensland.  Protein Crystallography provides access to equipment for protein crystallization, crystal imaging and X-ray diffraction.

Cryo TEM Instrument List

Protein Crystallography Instrument List


X-ray Material Science & Spectrometry (Chemistry Building 68) 

The X-ray analysis facility at CMM is based on level two of the Chemistry building and provides a range of X-ray techniques, including diffraction, scattering, spectroscopy and imaging, for studying chemical composition, nano-scale size and crystalline phases in a range of materials. The facility provides complementary techniques to the electron-based methods afforded by the AIBN, QBP and Hawken Laboratories and to the macromolecular diffraction facilities in the QBP laboratories through small-angle scattering and small-molecule diffraction techniques.  Contact details.

X-ray Facility Instrument List