Strategic Connections

We work with organisations in Australia and internationally, forming strategic alliances to enhance access to microscopy and microanalysis facilities and share our expertise in implementing collaborative national research infrastructure.

International Atomic Energy Agency


In 2012 University of Western Australia (UWA) has become the first university in the world to join the United Nations international nuclear verification program, by using the AMMRF’s advanced ion microprobe technology to help monitor global nuclear safeguards. This followed a stringent qualification process that took more than two years to complete, led by Assist/Prof. John Cliff and A/Prof. Matt Kilburn. The Cameca IMS 1280 ion microprobe is used to analyse micron-sized environmental dust particles collected by IAEA inspectors from nuclear facilities around the world, to search for evidence of illicit weapons development programs.

Eurobioimaging Collaboration

In addition to the many research collaborations and connections that our staff have with researchers and institutions in Europe, the AMMRF has formalised a partnership with EuroBioImaging, a large pan-European network of microscopy and imaging facilities. The objective of the partnership is mutual benefit in the establishment of collaborative infrastructure that supports research in the areas of biological and medical sciences.

For our users in Australia this means enhanced bioimaging capability. For our colleagues in EuroBioImaging it means learning about the AMMRF experience in forming and operating large distributed research infrastructure.

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia

EMBL Australia are formally working with us to establish programs of research collaboration underpinned by the capabilities of the AMMRF. These programs will bring significant benefits to the communities served by both institutions.

EMBL Australia was formed to foster and enhance Australia’s international competitiveness in the life sciences and strengthen Australia’s emerging position as a leader in biotechnology research. The centrepiece of EMBL Australia will be the Partner Laboratory Network (PLN) of young research groups across Australia.

Australian researchers access EMBL for through activities such as funded research positions, collaborative ventures and the formation of research institutes.

EMBL Australia Contacts:
e: Mr Silvio Tiziani m: 0418 536 209


National Imaging Facility (NIF)

A bioimaging facility was opened late in 2012 at the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, University of Western Australia (UWA), providing a continuum of imaging capability from the microscopic scale to X-ray microtomography, bioluminescence and multispectral imaging of living animals.

The facility was launched as a node of NIF and extends the AMMRF capability at our UWA node. This collaboration greatly increases our ability to support a whole range of biomedical fields including cancer biology, inflammation, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF)



The Pananalytical Empryean X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) for powder and thin film X-ray diffraction was acquired by ANFF and is housed, managed and operated within the AMMRF node at University of Western Australia (UWA). This cutting-edge X-ray characterisation equipment complements the existing single-crystal X-ray diffraction facility at UWA and strengthens the partnership between the AMMRF and nano-fabrication community.


Australian Synchrotron



The Australian Synchrotron uses accelerator technology to produce a powerful source of light – x-rays and infrared radiation – a million times brighter than the sun. The facility has nine different experimental stations, or beamlines, which harness that light so researchers can see the fundamental structure and composition of materials, on scales ranging from the atomic to the macroscopic – with a level of detail, speed and accuracy not possible in conventional laboratories.


National Deuteration Facility, ANSTO



Deuteration enables scientists to use neutron based techniques such as small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) (QUOKKA), neutron reflectometry (PLATYPUS), neutron diffraction, neutron spectroscopy, neutron crystallography and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) or IR based techniques more effectively in the investigation of the relationship between the structure and function of proteins, DNA, synthetic polymers or other materials known as ’soft matter’.

Australian Academy of Science



The National Committee for Materials Science & Engineering links the Academy of Science to the AMMRF in order to foster interdisciplinary materials science and engineering in Australia and internationally. For more information on our connections with the Australian Academy of Science, please visit