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.

Microscopy Australia Flagship Ion Probe Facility

The Microscopy Australia 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.

Platform Leader: Dr Jeremy Bougoure

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.

Platform Leader: Senior Research Fellow, Dr 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.

Platform Leader:  Dr Tim Rosenow


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

Acting Platform Leader: Dr Catherine Rinaldi

Biological and molecular mass spectrometry (BMMS)

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.

Platform 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.

Platform Leader: Dr Gareth Nealon

Optical microscopy

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

Platform Leader: Dr Liisa Hirvonen

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.

Platform 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.

Platform Leader: Assoc/Prof Martin Saunders

X-ray diffractometry (XRD)

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

Platform Leader Dr Stephen Moggach

X-ray microscopy (XRM)

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

Platform 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.

Platform Leader: Dr Hua Li

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.

Contacts: 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.

Platform Leader: Dr Andrew Mehnert

Proteomics Australia

The Proteomics Australia facility at UWA is a collaboration between UWA and Proteomics International. It provides a selection of services to WA researchers and industry, including sample analysis by mass spectrometry, data analysis and consulting.

Platform Leader: Prof Harvey Millar

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and laser ablation (LA-ICP-MS) provide UWA with high-precision, ultra-sensitive isotopic and elemental capabilities.

Platform Leader: Dr Pete Scott

Technique finder

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