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EMU
Newsletter June/July 2007
Farewell, NANO – Welcome, AMMRF • New NSOM Arrived • Winter
Research Student Award • Careers in Research: Information Session
and BBQ • Upcoming Raman Workshop at the EMU • Change of Role:
Dr Peter Hines • Conference Report: Materials and Austceram 2007 •
Golden Jubilee for the EMU
Farewell, NANO ...
Welcome, Australian Microscopy &
Microanalysis Research Facility
After five years of operation, the NANO-MNRF
has come to the end of its funding, giving way
to a new national microscopy facility, established
under the National Collaborative Research
Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
We are delighted to announce that the Univer-
nano-structural characterisation capability and
sity of Sydney has recently signed an agreement
services, including widely used optical, electron,
with the Commonwealth for the new Australian
x-ray and ion beam techniques and world-
Microscopy & Microanalysis Research
leading flagship platforms. The latter include
Facility (AMMRF), and we are looking forward
pulsed-laser local-electrode atom probe, high-
to an exciting future serving as headquarters of
throughput cryo-TEM, high-resolution SEM and
this Facility, which has nodes located in Ad-
spectroscopy, high-precision ion microprobe.
elaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.
By combining new flagships with existing capaThe AMMRF is a joint venture between Aus-
bilities, the AMMRF offers a complete, modern
tralian university-based microscopy and
suite of instruments accessible to all Australian
microanalysis centres with links to smaller
publicly funded researches on on the basis of
units in specialised facilities. A national grid of
merit and a nominal fee schedule. Industry-
equipment, instrumentation and expertise in
based researchers can also access the facilities
microscopy and microanalysis, that provides
for proprietary research at commercial rates.
www.emu.usyd.edu.au
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USYD
The AMMRF is funded by
Australian Key
Centre for
Microscopy and
Microanalysis
UQ
UNSW
Centre for
Microscopy and
Microanalysis
Electron
Microscope
Unit
UWA
ANU
Centre for
Microscopy,
Characterisation
and Analysis
Microscopy
Facility
SARF
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South Australian
Regional
Facility
The nodal structure of the
new Australian Microscopy &
Microanalysis Research Facility.
The AMMRF is receiving significant funding
In May 2007, the AMMRF held its first Annual
from the NSW State Government. In her open-
Strategic Planning Workshop in Adelaide, giving
ing address to the Materials and AustCeram
80 staff from the six participating Facility nodes
2007 conference in Sydney on 4 July, the Hon.
the chance to get to know each other, and to
Verity Firth MP, Minister for Science and Medical
discuss best practise to enhance and streamline
Research, has announced funding of $4M for
the user experience.
new flagship instruments that will be based at
the NSW nodes. “These facilities will be used for
These are exciting times for us here at the EMU,
research into the development new light alloys,
and we are looking forward to working with our
development of advanced steels, energy storage
colleagues from across the country to support
materials, functional nanomaterials and semi-
our users and their research.
conductor devices,” the Minister said. Funding
from the Queensland, South Australian, and
For more information about the AMMRF, please
West Australian State Governments is currently
see the Facility’s website:
being finalised.
ammrf.org.au
We are currently in the process of establishing guidelines for a Travel and Access Program
More information:
(TAP), similar to what used to be the NANO-
Dr Miles Apperley
TAP. Watch this space as new information will
Acting General Manager
be posted in this newsletter as it becomes
Tel. +61 2 9351 2887
available.
[email protected]
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New NSOM Arrived
Recently, an Ntegra near-field scanning optical
microscope (NSOM) has been installed at the
EMU, and is now available for booking.
NSOM is a scanned probe technique in which
a very small light source is scanned very close
From left: Dr Wenrong Yang, Dr Christelle Monate of CUDOS,
to a sample’s surface. Light photons pass
Tony Romeo and Mr Michael Lee, PhD student at CUDOS.
through a sub-wavelength-diameter aperture,
by quantum effects, and illuminate a nearby
is, that the two separate data sets – optical and
sample; for this technique to work, the probe
topographical – can be compared to determine
must be placed within the near-field region of
the correlation between the physical structures
the surface, which is a distance much less than
and the optical contrast of the specimen.
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the wavelength of light. By the use of the subwavelength aperture in the near-field region,
Adding the NSOM to our suite of high-end
the achievable resolution is far better than the
microscopes was a part of an initiative led by
one attainable in conventional optical micro-
Prof. Ben Eggleton, Federation Fellow and
scopes, which is limited by the wavelength of
Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh Band-
light. The NSOM method is particularly useful to
width Devices for Optical Applications(CUDOS)
nanotechnologists, such as physicists, materials
in the School of Physics. Prof. Eggleton brought
scientists, chemists and biologists, who require
together a group of scientists from the School
ultra-high resolution and spatial information
of Physics and the EMU, who successfully
from a broad range of materials.
obtained a Major Equipment Grant from the
University of Sydney to purchase the NSOM.
This NSOM combines the high topographic
resolution of techniques such as AFM with the
More information:
significant temporal resolution, polarisation char-
Dr Wenrong Yang
acteristics, spectroscopic capabilities, sensitivity,
Postdoctoral Research Associate
and flexibility inherent in many forms of optical
Tel. +61 2 9351 7548
microscopy. But the real power of this technique
[email protected]
Where Cellular and Molecular
Biologists Meet
regarding the complexicity of today’s microscope
platforms, and tips on how to manage centralised
microscopy facilities. Other topics are the changing
Check out the Online Accepted Articles of the of
fortunes of microscopy, or how to merge cellular
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine to see
and molecular biology at the microscope column.
our review of the latest trends in modern biological microscopy. In article, you will find informa-
More information:
tion about biomolecular microscopy, knowhow
www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/JCMM
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Winter Research Student Award
Ms Carina Fernandes was the recipient of the
AKCMM’s Winter Research Student Award
2007, which allowed her to do a project supervised by Dennis Dwarte and A/Prof. Filip Braet.
In this project, Carina applied soft x-ray microcomputed tomography to study the organisation
Carina Fernandes at work in the Image Laboratory of the
and porosity of liver bioreactor scaffolds.
Key Centre processing the x-ray microcomputed tomography
From previous studies, it became apparent that
liver bioreactor data towards a 3D model.
different scaffolds produce different results after
co-culturing diverse liver cell types in a bioreac-
able. Structurally and functionally optimilised
tor. Thus, in this projects it was vital to study the
liver bioreactors will be of major importance for
structural organisation of the different scaffolds
these patients while they are on the waiting
and to see how that may explain the different cell
list to receive an acceptable donor organ. This,
culture outcomes. Currently, Carina is modelling
unquestionably, shows the medical significance
entire bioreactor liver tissue adhering to the dif-
and importancy of Carina’s project.
ferent types of scaffolds.
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More information:
World-wide, millions of people are suffering
A/Prof. Filip Braet
from one or another form of life-threatening liver
Deputy Director
disease and for a significant number of them,
Tel. +61 2 9351 7619
liver transplantation is the only treatment avail-
[email protected]
Positions and Scholarships Available
at the EMU
So if you want to find out more about what it’s
like to work at the EMU, or about the diversity
of positions we offer, have a look at our website:
The EMU/AKCMM regulary offers attractive
www.emu.usyd.edu.au/emu/jobs.php
career opportunities.
For almost 50 years, our staff and students have
helped to cultivate a leading national and international reputation for excellence in microscopy
and microanalysis and have developed a culture
in which service and training are just as important as the outstanding research results that we
are achieving.
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On Wednesday, 22 August 2007, the Electron
in this atom probe tomograp
This event is an opportunity to:
How many atoms are show
Win an iPod na
Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Researc
Information session and BBQ
For a closer look at the image an
enter the competition, please visit our
in this atom probe tomograp
How many atoms are show
Win an iPod na
Careers in Research – Microscopy
and Microanalysis
Learn about the various research careers
available to science and engineering
graduates.
Learn about current and future career
Microscope Unit will be holding an information
opportunities across Australia within the
session and BBQ for students considering
Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis
careers in research. The aim is to highlight the
Research Facility (AMMRF).
opportunities available to science and engineer-
Find out about research degrees offered in
ing graduates in the area of microscopy and
the Australian Key Centre for Microscopy
microanalysis and promote the EMU’s post-
and Microanalysis, including scholarships
graduate research degree program.
for 2008.
Learn about the Electron Microscope Unit
and their wide range of advanced research
Program
technology.
EMU
16.50The Research Student Experience
17.00Panel Discussion
17.15BBQ and Beers:
A Chance to Chat!
The information session will be held from
in this atom probe tomograph?
Scholarship Opportunities
students over a BBQ and a beer.
How many atoms are shown
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16.40Research Degrees at the EMU –
Win an iPod nano!
in Australia
Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility
How many atoms are shown
16.20Microscopy and Microanalysis
Chat with current research staff and
For a closer look at the image and to
enter the competition, please visit our booth.
Science and Engineering Graduates
in this atom probe tomograph?
Win an iPod nano!
16.00Career Options in Research for
16:00–18:00 in LG92A at the Electron Micro-
scope Unit in the Madsen Building. Interested
students should RSVP by sending an email to:
[email protected]
More information:
Dr Julie Cairney
Senior Lecturer &
Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Tel. +61 2 9351 4523
[email protected]
Win an iPod nano!
How many atoms are shown
in this atom probe tomograph?
Competition will be held
on the evening.
For a closer look at the image and to
enter the competition, please visit our booth.
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|5
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The EMU
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their specimens and to win the funding for future
infrastructure,”
Peter says. He has been with
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to the new
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for 5 years, formerly managing ICT and
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position of Microanalysis Specialist. This role
telemicroscopy services. He has a Bachelor of
has been developed to provide a higher level of
Engineering in Metallurgy, and a PhD in Materi-
expertise and support for the various techniques
als Engineering.
for fine-scale chemical and structural analysis.
Peter will be working with existing SEM/EDS,
but also with cathodoluminescence (CL), raman
spectroscopy, and the complementary macrotechniques of x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray
fluorescence (XRF). If successful, a recent ARC
LIEF bid, led by the Australian Key Centre for
Microscopy and Microanalysis, would also add
electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) to this
suite of technologies.
More information:
“This is a very exciting opportunity. Already we
Dr Peter Hines
can do so much, but new and improved tech-
Microanalysis Specialist
nologies are emerging rapidly. I will be working
Tel. +61 2 9351 7561
hard with users to extract the messages within
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Conference Report:
Materials and Austceram 2007
whilst Daniel Haley was awarded a prize for his
poster presentation on TEM diffraction studies of
metallic glass.
The Materials and Australian Ceramic Society’s
first combined conference, Materials and Aust-
Overall the conference was well received, giving
ceram 2007, was conducted in Sydney this year
the opportunity for local research to be commu-
from July 4-6, with researchers from Australia
nicated to a large body of materials scientists, as
and the Pacific region in attendance. This event
well as providing insight into current materials
is Australia’s largest interdisciplinary technical
characterisation needs.
meeting for the communication of the latest
advances in materials science, engineering and
technology. The EMU played a major in the
organisiation of the conference, with academic
staff members Simon Ringer and Julie Cairney
forming the organising committee, together with
Dan Perera and Lou Vance from ANSTO. Plenary
speakers included Prof. Lyndon Edwards, the
newly appointed Head of the ANSTO Institute
of Materials and Engineering Science, speaking
on fatigue performance in aircraft structures,
as well as international speakers Trudy Kriven
Dr Miles Apperley and Vanessa Zeeman at the AMMRF
conference booth.
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and Giusseppe Pezotti, speaking respectively
on geopolymers and novel stress measurement
methods in the scanning electron microscope.
Vanessa Zeman and Miles Apperley from the
Key Centre introduced researchers to the new
Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research
Facility (AMMRF) via an prominent exhibition
stand. This provided a point of contact for many
conference attendees to be introduced into forthcoming national characterisation organisation,
and to promote the usage of our nationally available facilities to aid Australian materials research.
The University of Sydney was represented at the
conference by a team of post-doctoral research-
Daniel Haley (middle) was awarded a prize for his
poster presentation.
More information:
Dr Julie Cairney
Senior Lecturer
Tel. +61 2 9351 4523
[email protected]
ers and students. PhD students Ross Marceau
and Peter Liddicoat presented their work on the
identification of clustering in aluminium alloys,
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Golden Jubilee for the EMU
In the last 5 decades, the EMU’s staff has supported numerous researchers and their projects,
Soon it’ll be time to party as we look forward to
varying in disciplines as much as in personalities.
celebrating the EMU’s 50th birthday next year.
Throughout 2008, we are going to pay tribute
We are looking for your input. Have you been
to our Golden Jubilee with activities such as the
auser, staff member or student at the EMU, and
launch of a History Book, a 4-month exhibition
would you like to share your memories with us?
at the Macleay Museum, and a 3-day Scientific
Let us know!
Symposium.
More information:
The EMU was established in 1958 as a “new type
Uli Eichhorn
of service unit in the form of a central Electron
Design Coordinator &
Microscope Unit, independent of any department
Head of Jubilee Organising Committee
or even faculty, in which the facilities of electron
Tel. +61 2 9351 4493
microscopy would be available to any researcher in
[email protected]
the University which demanded them.”
Gold
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well as electrons.
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employ ion beams, x-rays, light and laser optics as
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microanalysis and associated techniques that
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A/Prof. Filip Braet
Tel. +61 2 9351 7619
[email protected]
Ms Uli Eichhorn
Electron Microscope Unit
Tel. +61 2 9351 4493
Incorporating
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Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility
Ms Ellie Kable
Tel. +61 2 9351 7566
[email protected]
Dr Kyle Ratinac
Tel. +61 2 9351 4513
[email protected]
Australian Key Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis
ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006, Australia
Tel. + 61 2 9351 2351
www.emu.usyd.edu.au
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