Client Information

 

CMM instruments may be utilised at any time as the Centre is accessible 24 hours a day.  Clients may be trained to use the instruments themselves or can have their work performed for them (Payment for Service) by highly qualified staff.


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Discuss your idea

Contact the Lab Managers to discuss your idea or email CMM (cmm@uq.edu.au)

CMM Director Professor Roger Wepf is available every Tuesday and Thursday between 12pm and 1pm. During these hours Professor Wepf will address any questions or concerns regarding the CMM laboratories.

The Microscopy Australia TechFinder can also help you find the techniques and facilites to suit your project best. 


Register

Please submit a project through the University’s ‘Research Infrastructure Management System’ (RIMS) for the work that you want to do with your sample on a CMM instrument and/or describe the aim of your project and we will help you find the right equipment at CMM.

New projects are reviewed every Monday morning during our management meeting where a member of staff will be assigned to your project to help you get started with accessing the facilities.  Projects should be submitted before 9am on Monday morning.  (We will try to include last minute submissions, but this is not always possible).

Following the Monday meeting, you will receive an email from the facility to provide you with your project reference number.  Our lab staff and health and safety coordinator will then contact you directly to discuss your project in further detail.  This will include discussion about your instrument training and lab safety inductions. All clients need to undertake the relevant OH&S lab safety inductions before they can access CMM facilities.

You are welcome to submit more than one project at CMM.

All instrument bookings are made by you once you have reached a competence level after your novice training, selecting your project in RIMS.

Please check the RIMS training hub for instructions to access RIMS website and creating a project.

UQ Clients

Below is an overview of the project workflow for UQ researchers through RIMS.  A chart string is not requested for external users.



External clients

As an external user, the first step is to complete the external user account creation request in RIMS.  Please check the training hub for instruction to create a new user account, as well as instructions for creating a project.

The second step is to submit a project for the work that you want to do with your sample on a CMM instrument and/or describe the aim of your project and we will help you find the right equipment at CMM.  New projects are reviewed every Monday morning and the workflow process will proceed as shown as below.


Fee for Service (we do the work for you)

This is a service that is offered at CMM and the work is charged per hour by calculating the instrument time as well as staff time.  Staff rates below:

$47/hr - University of Queensland client

$55/hr - Associate client (other universities and government organisations)

$200/hr - External client (business and industry)

Example: $40 (Instrument XY) plus $47 (staff time) = $87 to invoice.

Independent User Access Fees

Billing is charged to your chart string (account number) that is linked to your project.

All CMM instruments are individually bookable under a set of fee rules (UQ staff login required).

Instrument rates are half-price outside peak hours (8am - 5pm) for UQ staff and non-commercial entities.


Instrument Training for independent user

If you are undertaking your first block training course in SEM and TEM then you will be required to commit to a training and skills enhancement credit of $400.  This credit will include 10 hours of access time and can be used for your research project to enhance your knowledge.  The credit is available for 3 months from your initial training and is not transferable to other users or other techniques.

One to one training sessions (where CMM staff assist a client on an instrument) will be charged per hour by calculating the instrument time as well as staff time.  Staff rates below:

$47/hr – University of Queensland client

$55/hr – Associate client (other universities and government organisations)

$200/hr – External client (business and industry)

Example: $40 (Instrument XY) plus $47 (assistance) = $87 to invoice.

Training dates 2022

CMM Techniques offered


Booking your Instrument

Once you have completed your instrument training, as well as the relevant laboratory safety inductions then CMM staff will provide you with your instrument booking rights in RIMS.


Publishing your work

Clients are requested to acknowledge CMM in all publications generated through the assistance of CMM staff and the use of CMM facilities. When you are publishing your research, please remember to acknowledge the assistance of CMM staff, the role of our facilities and expertise. Acknowledgments demonstrate that investments in equipment and people have led to important outcomes. Your publications, presentations, and posters are a vital part of the business case for ongoing funding of any platform – “we help you and you help us”.

Please acknowledge CMM as follows:

"The authors acknowledge the facilities, and the scientific and technical assistance, of the Microscopy Australia Facility at the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM), The University of Queensland"

In brief:

“The author(s) acknowledge(s) the support of Microscopy Australia at the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) at The University of Queensland”

If authors wish to single out CMM support staff, or –when appropriate– include them as co-authors(s), they, of course, are welcome to do so.

In addition, all published work that includes use of CMM should be reported to CMM administration and be collected in the CMM publication database. Therefore, please send a copy of, or reference to your paper to cmm@uq.edu.au


Services for industry

Enabling Innovation and Quality Control:

CMM helps industry to analyse and characterise their materials and can help foster innovation in industry with its in-depth knowledge and multi-disciplinary team. We can add substantial value to industrial research and development (R&D) or failure analysis.

CMM offers consultation, testing services, access to instruments, contract research or even long-term research collaborations e.g. co-funded by government grants. All this can be tailored to the needs of your business.

We also train and support industry users through short courses and one-on-one sessions, allowing them direct access to our world-class instrumentation.

With expertise in biology, materials science, nanotechnology, biomedicine, metallurgy, geology, archaeology and more, we are committed to help meet your business needs and facilitate innovation for Australian industry and SME.

If you would like to discuss how your business could benefit from our services, please contact Professor Roger Wepf, (07) 3346 3966 (r.wepf@uq.edu.au)

 

If you have any questions regarding access to CMM facilities, please contact our Client Liaison Officer Jenny Brown (cmm@uq.edu.au​)