Advice to CMCA users at 6 July 2020

CMCA is open for business but with some access constraints and training limitations due to the need to maintain social distancing. Individual platform leaders are circulating current policies in place to their user communities and providing any updates on changes as restrictions ease. Please contact the platform leader directly for specific up-to-date advice on access and training available in their areas. 

Enquiries about CMCA operations during this time can be directed as follows: 

General Admin enquiries – Contact: Dana Crisan ([email protected])

To contact the CMCA Leadership Team – Contact: Teresa Ratana – EA to the CMCA Leadership Team – ([email protected])

Contact details for individual platform leaders are listed below.

Bioplatforms Australia facilities 

Metabolomics/Bayliss MS – Contact: Michael Clarke ([email protected]) 

Proteomics – Contact: Harvey Millar ([email protected])

Microscopy Australia ion probe facility

NanoSIMS – Contact: Jeremy Bougoure ([email protected])

IMS 1280 – Contact: Laure Martin ([email protected])

National Imaging Facility instruments (MRI & live animal imaging)

MRI - Tim Rosenow ([email protected])

Other facilities - Ivan Lozic ([email protected])


NMR - Gareth Nealon ([email protected]


Single crystal XRD - Contact: Stephen Moggach ([email protected])  

Optical Microscopy  

Optical Microscopy – Contact: Liisa Hirvonen ([email protected])

Flow Cytometry

Flow cytometry – Contact: Catherine Rinaldi ([email protected]) 

Scanned Probe Microscopy

Scanned probe microscopy – Contact: Hua Li ([email protected]) 

X-ray Microscopy

X-ray Microscopy – Contact: Jeremy Shaw Mob: 0423 184 760 ([email protected]) 


Electron ICP-MS - Contact: Pete Scott ([email protected]) 

Electron Microscopy

Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, FIB) – Contact: [email protected]

EPMA – Contact: Malcolm Roberts ([email protected])

Chem Lab

Contact:  [email protected]

Data Management, Analysis & Visualisation

Contact: Andrew Mehnert ([email protected])



Follow the instructions below to apply for access to CMCA instruments

User pathway


    CMCA is accessible to everyone but your access options and facility rates will vary depending upon your access level.

    The following information applies to all CMCA instruments, except the Microscopy Australia Ion Probe Facility.

    Applying for access to CMCA instruments

    Before continuing to the Registration page, make sure you have the following information on hand:

    • Contact details
    • Your supervisor's name and contact details (students and visitors only)
    • Emergency contact details
    • A short research project outline to upload (to help CMCA understand your microscopy needs)
    • A list of the main microscopes/techniques you think you will need to access for your project
    • Information about your samples, including health and safety issues
    • Invoice/payment details (Business Unit and Project Grant number for UWA users)

    Ion Probe Facility access

    To apply to access the CAMECA IMS 1280 and CAMECA NanoSIMS 50, complete the access form, upload your project description and submit.


    In order to access CMCA facilities, you must register for access by following the registration process.

    Registration process

    1. Complete the online form – remember to print, sign and return to CMCA Physics Office, or email Dana Crisan at [email protected] to finalise your registration.
    2. New user meeting – you will be contacted to attend a meeting to discuss your project needs.
    3. Training – your training will be scheduled at the new user meeting.
    4. Make a booking using the gold button below to book time on equipment*.

    * To request XRD analysis of a sample, complete the Crystal Structure Request Form and deliver with your sample to [email protected] Bayliss, Bayliss Building Room 4.52

    * To request time on the MRI, contact the Technique Group Leader, Dr Tim Rosenow.

    Registration and bookings

    Register your project and book CMCA facilities.

    Register online

    User pathway

    We can advise and support research at multiple levels from initial project planning, through to publication. Learn more about the User Pathway and how the CMCA can support your project from ideation to publication.

    Booking policy

    All access to facilities and equipment at CMCA must comply with our booking policy.

    The booking policy applies to use of all facilities and instruments to facilitate fair and equitable access for all users.

    1. You must be a registered user of the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis.
    2. Maximum session is four hours per booking generally, during Centre hours (9am–5pm Monday to Friday excluding University public holidays) and six hours per booking outside Centre hours.
    3. Instruments with a high demand may have additional booking limits.
    4. Experienced users may request access to work outside Centre hours – see the After hours access page for more information.
    5. Sessions may be extended if, at the end of the session, no-one has booked the instrument. Log in to the web booking system to book the session.
    6. There are no limits on the total hours you may use on any instrument each week, only the number of sessions you may book in advance.
      • You may book one session in advance on each instrument each week during Centre hours plus one session in advance on each instrument each week outside Centre hours.
      • After completing a session, you may book another advance session on that instrument.
      • In special circumstances, you may make additional advance bookings. Contact the relevant Platform Leader.
      • Sessions may be booked on the day of intended use, independent of any advance bookings made.
    7. Start your session within 15 minutes of the booked start time or risk losing your session to another user.
    8. To cancel a booking within 24 hours of the booked session, contact the office.
    9. If you do not follow the booking rules, you may be suspended from using the Centre's facilities and your future bookings may be cancelled.

    Booking instrument time

    The booking policy applies to use of the instruments to facilitate fair and equitable access for all users.

    After hours access

    To apply for after hours access at [email protected]:

    Online inductions must be completed by any users who need AFTER HOURS access (before 9am or after 5pm Monday to Friday and weekends) to [email protected].

    All users requesting after hours access will need to have completed the CMCA Physics General Induction and the After Hours Induction, and be able to use the instrument(s) unaided or unsupervised. 

    Users can apply for 24/7 access:
    1. Login to LMS using your Pheme credentials.
    2. Access the OHS Inductions: [email protected] site by copying this link into your browser -
    3. Complete the General and After Hours modules
    4. Request 24/7 access to instruments through the ?Request Instrument Access? link

    Once these have been completed and your request for after-hours access has been approved, you will receive notification that your Campus card and booking access to CMCA has been changed to 24/7.



    All new users must successfully complete training on the instrument(s) before being able to access equipment for your research. Training is included with your registration.

    Course dates

    Introductory courses are held three times a year. Each course will run over 2-3 days, depending on the number of participants.

    Enrolment in introductory courses is part of registration.

    Introductory courses 2020
    COURSE      ROUND 1    ROUND 2    ROUND 3*
    Scanning Electron Microscopy & Microanalysis        24 Feb1    29 June2   12 October3
    Transmission Electron Microscopy & Microanalysis         9 Mar4     13 July5   26 October6


    Notes: Online prerequisites must be completed by: (1) 16 February; (2) 21 June; (3) 4 October; (4) 1 March; (5) 5 July; (6) 18 October (* provisional dates)

    Please note:  Optical/confocal, XRD and Flow cytometry training will be arranged and provided on a case by case basis.  Research projects and training needs will be discussed with the relevant CMCA academics before registration.

    Course rates

    Courses rates

    Course charges are only levied if an individual wishes to obtain training from CMCA by attending a training course, but does not wish to Register and use CMCA's facilities under hourly or subscription use.

    Short courses WACM Publicly funded researchers External users
    Introductory modules $450 $450 $595
    Advanced modules $220 $220 $295

    Please note:

    • Rates include limited use of consumables; excessive use will result in additional charges.
    • Cancellations must be advised to CMCA at least 48 hours prior to the start of the course.
    • Anyone who is registered for a course and does not attend (unless they cancel before the specified 48 hours) will be charged.
    • All rates are exclusive of GST.

    Online training tools

    Online training tools are available for a range of common microscopy techniques.

    Curtin students

    Users of the Curtin microscopy facilities should contact Ms Elaine Miller at Curtin to arrange enrolment in our courses.

    Current rates

    Our rates and subscription options apply to users accessing our facilities.

    Health and safety

    All users are required to read the Health and Safety Manuals covering CMCA facilities.

    Funding and grants information

    Advice to applicants for ARC and NHMRC grants for funding in 2019

    This guide shows how to incorporate the costs of accessing the CMCA facilities into ARC and NHMRC applications.

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