Four national Characterisation Capabilities invite you to hear talks on how they can support your research. Whether you want to characterise cells or steel, molecules or brain function, fossils or soils, we will open the door to the advanced equipment and expert knowledge available to all Australian researchers.
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The capacity to characterise matter to see its detailed structure and functioning at an atomic and microscopic level has helped researchers to make breakthroughs in a wide range of fields, from engineering and agriculture, to medicine and archaeology.

The Australian Government has commited $50 million to characterisation through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructur e Strategy (NCRIS). The four complementary national facilities supported by NCRIS make advanced equipment and expertise accessible to researchers around Australia on the basis of merit, at reasonable rates. Industry-based researchers can also access the facilities for proprietary research at commercial rates.

The Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility is a national network of advanced instrumentation and experise, including widely used optical, electron, X-ray and ion-beam techniques and world-leading flagship platforms.

The National Imaging Facility provides state-of-the-art imaging of animals, plants and materials for the Australian research community. It uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) to monitor the behaviour and function of cells within animals, which aids medical research and the development of pharmaceuticals.

The National Deuteration Facility offers the facilities, staff and expertise to produce molecules where all or part of the molecular hydrogen is in the form of the stable (non-radioactive) isotope deuterium (2H). Deuteration improves the capacity to characterise samples, particularly using the neutron radiation produced by the OPAL reactor. This technique has many applications including discovering the properties of high-tech polymers.

The Australian Synchrotron is one of fewer than 40 similar facilities around the world, and is the largest stand-alone piece of scientific infrastructure in the southern hemisphere. Synchrotrons generate intense X-ray beams to characterise matter, which is important in a range of biological, health, physical science and engineering disciplines.