Micro/Nano Particle Characterisation Facility

The Micro/Nano Particle Characterisation Facility (MNPCF), opened in May 2022, is housed on Level 1 of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), within CMM’s Life Science and Soft Matter Facility. The MNPCF is home to state-of-the-art instruments for particle characterisation including; static imaging, and dynamic light scattering with dynamic imaging, providing capabilities for size and shape analysis of both wet and dry particulate samples. We also have a powder dispersion unit available to prepare powder samples for imaging using optical or electron microscopy. In addition to the equipment housed in the MNPCF we are pleased to partner with a number of research groups across UQ to offer access to a range of additional equipment to meet your particle characterisation needs.

Our aim is to develop a characterisation pipeline that will enable users to fully characterise all physicochemical properties of their samples. By using a combination of the complementary particle characterisation techniques on offer, users can generate a representative, and reliable overview of their samples.

If you have any questions regarding the Micro/Nano Particle Characterisation Facility please contact Dr Alison White.

Instrument List

Microtrac Camsizer M1Microtrac Sync, equipped with FlowSync wet module and TurboSync dry module
MJet dispersion unitKruss Droplet Shape Analysis
Flow Nanoanalyzer 

Complementary Instruments within CMM

High resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX)

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) with EDX and Electron Energy Loss Spectrometry (EELS)

Small Angle X-ray (SAXS)Mass Spectrometry
Mass PhotometryLight and fluorescence microscopy
X-ray diffractionX-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
Cryo-electron microscopyConfocal laser scanning microscopy
Micro computerised tomography 

Partner Instrument List
St Lucia Campus

Malvern Mastersizer 3000Malvern Zetasizer Ultra
Diffuse Wave SpectroscopyBruker AV3 400 NMR
Cary 4000 UV-VisNicolet 5700 ATR-FTIR
Mettler Toledo TGAMettler Toledo DSC
BET Surface AnalyserTip sonicator
Perkin Elmer Spectrum 2 FT-IR-Spectrometer with Spotlight 200i FT-IR Microscope 

The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE)

Malvern MastersizerMalvern Zetasizer
BET surface analyserMettler Toledo TGA/DSC