Our electron, ion, light imaging and microanalysis facilities are world-class and feature a unique ion probe facility and MRI facility.

Internationally renowned academic and expert general staff provide support ranging from initial project discussion and planning through to application of cutting-edge techniques and assistance with data interpretation.

We have instruments and expertise in a range of analytical techniques.

Technique finder

Access techfi, the online technique finder that is designed from a researcher's perspective to match techniques to experimental approaches.

  • AMMRF Flagship Ion Probe Facility

    The AMMRF Flagship Facility offers secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis which is an ultra-sensitive surface analysis technique for determining the composition of solid samples at the micron scale.

    Technique Group Leader: Assoc/Prof Matt Kilburn

  • Metabolomics Australia

    The metabolomics Australia facility at UWA provides open access to all researchers across Australia, including training, sample analysis by mass spectrometry and consulting.

    Technique Group Leader: Assist/Prof Michael Clarke

  • NIF Bioimaging Facility

    The NIF Bioimaging Facility provides access to advanced in vivo imaging techniques to image animals in real time and to track cells, protein and bacteria over time.

    Technique Group Leader: Dr Kirk Feindel

  • Cytometry

    Flow cytometry allows rapid multiparametric analysis of cells and particles in suspension at very high speed.

    Technique Group Leader: Dr Andrea Holme

  • Mass spectrometry

    Mass spectrometry is used to analyse complex mixtures of components where the amounts of sample available is limited so as to preclude isolation of the individual components.

    Technique Group Leader: Assist/Prof Michael Clarke

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)spectroscopy

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy can provide detailed information about the structure, dynamics and the interactions of molecules.

    Technique Group Leader: Dr Mark Howard

  • Optical microscopy

    Light microscopes use visible light sources including white light, fluorescent light and lasers to image live and fixed samples.

    Technique Group Leader: Assoc/Prof Paul Rigby

  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

    Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) uses electrons to acquire surface structural information and elemental distributions in a wide range of bulk samples.

    Technique Group Leader: Assoc/Prof Martin Saunders

  • Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) involves a beam of high-energy electrons passing through a thin sample, typically about 100nm thick.

    Technique Group Leader: Assoc/Prof Martin Saunders

  • X-ray diffractometry (XRD)

    X-ray crystallography is a method of determining the arrangement of atoms within a crystal.

    Technique Group Leader (Bayliss): Dr Alexandre Sobolev; Technique Group Leader (Physics): Dr Aaron Dodd

  • X-ray microscopy (XRM)

    X-ray microscopy (XRM) is an imaging modality also known as micro-computed tomography (micro-CT).

    Technique Group Leader: Dr Jeremy Shaw

  • Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

    Scanning probe microscopy enables three-dimensional imaging at the nanometer scale by scanning a very sharp probe across a surface.

    Technique Group Leader: Dr Thomas Becker

  • Sample preparation

    Facilities feature equipment and laboratories for preparation of biological and materials samples, including physical containment level 2 (PC2) laboratories on both major sites.

    Technique Group Leader: Assoc/Prof Peta Clode (Biology); Dr Alexandra Suvorova (Materials); Dr Malcolm Roberts (Earth)

  • Data management, analysis and visualisation (DMAV)

    The DMAV group can assist you with the development of a data management plan and provide advice in relation to the analysis and visualisation of your data. Instrument specific reconstruction, analysis and visualisation software are typically available on both the instrument PC and one or more CMCA workstations.

    Technique Group Leader: Dr Andrew Mehnert