Open access to Australia’s largest micro-nano fabrication cleanroom
Post author: MCN. Last update: 02/11/2015 at 1:21 pm by MCN.
The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN) provides open-access to cutting-edge fabrication instrumentation in a world-class facility in Clayton. We aim to facilitate the integration of micro-nano fabrication techniques and processes into the research and development activities of Australian researchers and innovators.
The importance of micro-nano fabrication has been recognised nationally through the establishment of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), which is funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS). MCN is the central facility of the ANFF Victorian Node.
MCN boasts Australia’s largest research cleanroom, housing class 100 – 10,000 cleanroom facilities, as well as complimentary biological and microscopy laboratory environments. Our emphasis is the chemical and biological manipulation of nanostructures and the design, rapid-prototyping and fabrication of nano-devices. Our outputs are primarily in the fields of solar energy, biosensing, micro-nano fluidic devices, drug delivery, micro-mechanical systems, optics and medical bionics.
MCN provides world-class facilities and in-house expertise to users from universities, research organisations and industry clients from across Australia. We bring together the expertise of six Victorian universities and CSIRO and aim to maximise interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration and minimise duplication through being a strong, specialist fabrication centre. MCN is also open to users on an international basis.
Features of this facility are:
- A fully equipped electronic and hard materials device fabrication cleanroom with a range of state-of-the-art instruments.
- A biological laboratory containing full range of equipment and specialist staff
- A Confocal, Atomic Force and Scanning Electron Microscope suite
- In-house technical support and service provision
- Self service access after completion of training
- Cleanroom and Biological laboratory space to hire – short or long term
- Hot desk accommodation
Capabilities of this facility are:
Design and additive manufacturing
- 3D object design and prototyping
- Photomask design
- Computer modelling/programming
- Computer numerical control (CNC) subtractive milling
- Electron beam lithography
- Nano imprint lithography
- Hot embossing
- UV mask writing
- Optical lithography
Thin film deposition
- Thermal/electron beam evaporation
- Plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition
- Diamond chemical vapour deposition
- Atomic layer deposition
- Reactive ion etching
- Deep reactive ion etching
- Wet chemical etching
- Dual beam – focused ion beam / scanning electron microscopy
- Environmental scanning electron microscopy
- Atomic Force Microscopy
- Confocal microscopy with integrated biological Atomic Force Microscopy
- Zeta potential and particle sizing
- Nanoarray printing
- Spectroscopic ellipsometry
Dedicated staff are on hand to either provide services to clients or train users and where appropriate, provide technical support. Access is available at a low cost to academic users and at a commercial rate for industry users. For more information on pricing, please visit the MCN’s Access and Pricing Policy.
To gain access to MCN, start by contacting one of our instrument managers or email MCNfirstname.lastname@example.org with your proposed project. MCN will respond to your initial contact within two working days. Once a project has been agreed upon, you will be asked to submit a registration form and attend facility induction. Once these steps are complete you can begin training on the appropriate instruments. For more information on access, please visit the MCN website.
Bio Atomic Force Microscope
Atomic Force Microscope used for Live cell imaging; Elastic properties of the cytoskeleton and cell adhesion; Single molecule studies on DNa, RNA, proteins, dendrimers, carbohydrates, lipids etc; Binding studies such as receptor/ligand or antibody/antigene; Intramolecular interactions protein folding, binding site localization etc; Biomaterial studies, biofouling, biosensors, capsules; Soft materials studies such as degration, mechanical or electrical properties; Polymer and thin film imaging and mapping; Nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanocomposites, vesicles, colloids, quantum dots; Electrochemistry from biomolecules to metal substrates. .
Laser Scanning Confocal System
Laser based scanning Confocal Microscope used for ADME Tox(Nanopartical Drug Delivery), Target Identification, Neurobiology, Regenerative Studies, Palaeontology, Marine Biology, Chemical Biology, Molecular Pathology, Biophysics, Cell Signaling, Developmental Biology, 3D imaging and Live cell movies.
Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication
Monash University, Clayton Campus. 151 Wellington Road, Clayton,, Victoria, Australia.
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Type: Core facility in a research organisation
Discipline areas: Biological Science, Materials Science, Nano Science
Precinct: South east
Affiliations: Deakin University, La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, The University of Melbourne