(MMF)
MICROSCOPY AND MICROANALYSIS FACILITY
MMF houses a broad range of advanced microanalysis instrumentation providing high quality chemical, mineralogical and microstructural information, and high resolution images for research and technical publications. The facility staff have expertise in Materials and Earth Science research which is used to support both academic research and applied projects for the Western Australian minerals and energy sector.


HIGH QUALITY MICROSTRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF CHALLENGING, COMPLEX SAMPLES BY HIGHLY TRAINED EXPERTS

TECHNIQUES

High resolution imaging (SEM, TEM)

Spatially resolved elemental analysis (EDS)

Phase & orientation analysis (EBSD)

Quantitative mineral analysis (Q-XRD)

Ion beam sample manipulation including TEM & TKD lamella preparation (FIB)

Light microscopy

MIRA VP-FESEM

The MIRA3 is a variable pressure field emission scanning electron microscope (VP-FESEM) that features sensitive EDS and EBSD detectors and integrated software for high quality microstructural analysis of crystalline samples.

NEON FIB-SEM

The NEON is a dual beam focussed ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) equipped with a field emission gun and a liquid metal Ga+ ion source. This instrument combines high resolution imaging with precision ion beam ablation of focussed regions, allowing for site specific analysis of the surface and subsurface of samples in 2D or 3D.

EVO SEM

The EVO is a variable pressure scanning electron microscope (VP-SEM). The microscope is suitable for general purpose microstructural analysis at high vacuum, or for the analysis of non-conductive/hydrated samples at lower vacuum.

JEM TEM

The JEM is a transmission electron microscope (TEM) with a LaB6 filament. The TEM is equipped with an EDS detector and a scanning TEM attachment. This instrument is capable of elemental and microstructural analysis at extremely high magnifications.

D8 ADVANCE XRD

The D8A is an X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) with a copper x-ray source and an automated 45 position sample changer. It features a LynxEye position sensitive detector that is 200 times faster than a conventional scintillator detector, allowing collection of superior data in a short time-frame.

D8 DISCOVER XRD

The D8D is an X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) with a cobalt x-ray source and automated 10 position sample changer. The cobalt source allows this instrument to accurately analyse high iron content samples such as iron ores.

SAMPLE PREPARATION LABORATORY

The MMF has a suite of equipment that includes vacuum mount impregnation, manual and automated polishers, mills and coaters that are used to prepare samples for electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction.

SAMPLE PREPARATION LABORATORY

The MMF has a suite of equipment that includes vacuum mount impregnation, manual and automated polishers, mills and coaters that are used to prepare samples for electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction.

OPTICAL MICROSCOPY LABORATORY

The MMF has a dedicated light microscopy laboratory with a Nikon ME600 light microscope and a Nikon SMZ800 stereo microscope. There is also a computer with image analysis software.

APPLICATIONS

Collaborative research, training and education, consultancy

Earth Science

• Quantification of sample microstructure and mineralogy

• High resolution EDS and EBSD mapping of geological samples

• Characterisation of crystallographic preferred orientations in deformed minerals

• Formation and deformation of ore minerals and ore bodies

Materials Science

• Characterisation of crystallographic texture and orientation

• Analysis of morphology, particle size and porosity

• Fracture and damage analysis

Chemical Science

• High resolution imaging and chemical analysis of electrodes, nano-particles and reaction products

• Crystallographic analysis of complex synthetic samples

Life Science

• Microstructural analysis of hydrated, fragile and biological samples

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ACCESS TO MMF

To access the Facility you must complete the following steps:

1. Register

Please read the User Regulations carefully. All forms should be completed electronically, saved with titles of Firstname Surname Form-name and emailed to us.

Curtin staff/students

User Regulations
Internal Registration Form
Sample Information Guide
X-Ray Lab User Declaration Form

Associates (CSIRO, UWA, ECU, Murdoch) & other users

User Regulations
Standard Terms & Conditions
Associate Registration Form
External Registration Form
Sample Information Guide
X-Ray Lab User Declaration Form
2. Access to EM

Curtin staff/students and associates
There is a Registration Fee for all new users, which also covers a new user meeting to discuss your access requirements and appropriate sample preparation. It is compulsory to attend the MMF Induction if you will be using the Preparation Laboratory or any of the instruments unsupervised. After completing training, regular users can book MMF instruments via our online booking system; irregular users will need to email us to arrange a suitable time when they, a technician and the instrument are available.

All other users
Please email us to discuss your access.

3. Access to XRD

To access the XRDs you must complete an induction to use the sample preparation facility. If you would like to operate the XRD instruments yourself you will have to attend additional x-ray safety training by the x-ray analysis licence holder. These courses are normally run periodically. Please register your interest by emailing us.

4. Rates

The rates will vary, depending upon your association with Curtin University, and may change from time to time. Case-based prices are available upon request by emailing us.

5. Publications and Acknowledgement

When you publish material containing results acquired from MMF instrumentation you are required to: (1) include the standard acknowledgement, found in our User Regulations, in all publications featuring data/images collected in MMF, and (2) email us a copy of the publication(s).

Dr. William Rickard
MMF
Acting Facility Leader
Ph: +61 8 9266 7843
Ms. Elaine Miller
MMF-EM
Acting Laboratory Manager
Ph: +61 8 9266 7511
Ms. Veronica Avery
MMF-XRD
Laboratory Technician
Ph: +61 8 9266 7844
Prof. Arie van Riessen
MMF
Adjunct Professor
Ph: +61 8 9266 7090
MMF staff
MMF
General Inquiries
Ph: +61 8 9266 7511
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