CMCA Seminar Series: Hari Bhaskar & Professor Jingyi Chen, PANalytical Australia / China. The New Empyrean XRD - Application capabilities for UWA. Tuesday 25 October 2011 at 4.00pm

Thursday, 20 October 2011

CMCA@Physics has recently installed the latest PANalytical Empyrean X-Ray Diffraction system, which is available to all researchers.

This talk will cover the hardware and software modules available with the installed system. Various application capabilities are possible - such as thin film epitaxy, reflectometry, phase analysis, and powder diffraction with the existing configuration of the system. The special optical components used for these applications will be discussed such as mirrors, monochromators, cradles and an insight on the latest all in one detector the PIXCEL.

CMCA Seminar Series: A Perspective on Mass Spectrometry - Dr Anthony Reeder: Thursday September 22 @ 4pm

Thursday, 15 September 2011

As part of the new CMCA Bayliss Mass Spectrometry facility, Tony will talk about the technique of mass spectrometry and developments and applications in areas of chemistry, physics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Mass Spectrometry has a history with the results of J.J. Thomson in 1913 on the isotopes of neon.  For the next 40 years it remained an instrument for physicists.  Chemists became interested in mass spectrometry from the 1940's but it became eclipsed by advancements with other instruments.  The discovery of techniques to interface a HPLC to a mass spectrometer has led to a massive resurgence in research and has led to new fields of research such as Proteomics and Metabolomics.  

Pumice as a Remarkable Substrate for the Origin of Life: CMCA's David Wacey and colleagues Martin Brasier, Richard Matthewman and Sean McMahon

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The context for the emergence of life on Earth sometime prior to 3.5 billion years ago is almost as big a puzzle as the definition of life itself. Hitherto, the problem has largely been addressed in terms of theoretical and experimental chemistry plus evidence from extremophile habitats like modern hydrothermal vents and meteorite impact structures.

CMCA Seminar: “Bone, Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue Applications of In Vivo Micro-CT” - Dr Phil Salmon, Application Scientist, Skyscan Thursday September 1st @ 10am

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) has recently installed the Skyscan 1176 In Vivo Xray
micro-computed tomography system which is located in CMCA’s new Bioimaging facility in M block.  The system is suitable for imaging small live animals.

CMCA Seminar Series: Unraveling the impact history of the moon - Dr Nick Timms, Curtin University. Thursday September 8 @ 12pm

Thursday, 25 August 2011

It is thought that the early Moon was subjected to a large number of impact events during a period of time (~3.9 billion years ago) known as the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), sometimes referred to as the “Lunar Cataclysm”. The exact nature and timing of this process is disputed, and resolution relies on collection and interpretation of precise age data.

Sulfur-loving fossils could point the way to life on Mars

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Remarkably preserved microfossils from a remote region of Western Australia that are at least 3.4 billion years old are providing insights into what type of life first existed on Earth and when it existed.  They also highlight a potential target in the search for life on Mars.

Life Technologies invites you to: Flow Cytometry Seminar - The Next Level - Molecular Probes Violet Laser Reagents for your Flow Cytometry

Monday, 15 August 2011

Dr Michael Olszowy, Director of Strategic Collaborations, Flow Cytometry Systems, Life Technnologies will present a Flow Cytometry Seminar on Thursday 18 August 2011 at 10.00am in the Pharmacology Seminar Room (1.18) at QEII Medical Centre.

From Chemical Physics to Antarctic Fish Survival – Exploiting Pulsed Lasers. Tuesday August 23 @ 4pm CMCA Seminar Room

Monday, 15 August 2011

Presented by Cather Simpson, Ph.D, Director, The Photon Factory, University of Auckland, NZ
2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser. The laser has come a long way from those early days, and is now a vital tool in virtually every field of scientific advance. In the Photon Factory, a multiuser laser facility at the University of Auckland, we exploit the characteristics of pulsed lasers to further research in physics, chemistry, biology and medicine.

Gatan Holds First EELS School and Symposium in Australia in collaboration with Thomson Scientific Instruments.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Gatan Holds First EELS School and Symposium in Australia

Gatan organized the first formal EELS School in Australia at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT. The school was held on June 7-9, 2011 in collaboration with Thomson Scientific Instruments.

Dr Louise Wedlock

Seeing gold in tumours

Monday, 8 August 2011

Using gold as a potential treatment for cancer could become a reality thanks to a combination of imaging techniques.

Microscopy & Microanalysis, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Monday, 1 August 2011

Microscopy & Microanalysis, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

5th – 9th February 2012
Perth, Western Australia

Reminder: the APMC–10 & ICONN 2012 abstract deadline is 31st October; it is getting close.  Remember that ANN student/ECR member oral or poster presenters qualify for 'free' full registration and that the AMMS also has registrations bursaries available for student/ECR/technical microscopists. Details available through"

CMCA Seminar Series: Dr Lucia Gutierrez - Understanding iron biochemistry in living organisms. Thursday August 11 @ 4pm CMCA Seminar Room

Friday, 29 July 2011

Understanding iron biochemistry in living organisms
Dr Lucia Gutierrez
School of Physics, The University of Western Australia

Iron is a key element in aerobic metabolism, photosynthesis, respiration and global carbon and nitrogen fixation processes.


Thursday, 7 July 2011

As of 1 July 2011, the mass spectrometry (MS), nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR) and single-crystal X-ray diffraction (XRD) facilities have been transferred to CMCA operation and management, under the name CMCA@Bayliss

3D model of teh dog

CMCA Seminar Series: Topics in computer vision - Thursday 19 May

Monday, 16 May 2011

Winthrop Professor Mohammed Bennamoun from Computer Science & Software Engineering, University of Western Australia will provide a brief introduction to the area of computer vision (with an emphasis on 3D).

Cancelled - CMCA Seminar Series: Atmospheric anoxia: an Archean absolute (or even absolutely Archean)? - Thursday 5 May - Cancelled

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dr Boswell Wing from Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University will introduce the S MIF proxy for pO2 and describe the gross constraints that it provides on atmospheric anoxia through Earth history.

CMCA Easter Closure - Friday 22 April to Tuesday 26 April

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The CMCA will be closed over the Easter holidays from Friday 22 April to Tuesday 26 April inclusive, and will reopen with normal hours on Wednesday 27 April. 

X-Ray micro-tomography

CMCA Seminar Series: X-Ray micro-tomography - instrumentation and applications - Thursday 7 April

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Imagine dissecting a small fragile flower that is only 5mm in diameter and peeling it away in layers to reveal its internal structure for detailed study. Now imagine doing that same detailed dissection with flawless precision, but never touching the flower! 

CMCA Seminar Series: X-ray micro-CT capabilities proposed for CMCA - Thursday 10 March

Monday, 7 March 2011

This year the CMCA will be leading a WA-based consortium applying for funding through ARC LIEF to provide advanced X-ray micro-CT capabilities for local researchers mainly in the physical and geo-sciences.

Cryo-SEM: A cool technique for imaging hydrated & beam sensitive specimens in their natural state - Tuesday 15 Feb

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Following a successful 2011 ARC LEIF bid, CMCA will acquire cryo-SEM capabilities this coming year, to provide improved imaging capabililties for hydrated and beam sensitive samples.  Marilyn Carey from Gatan UK will present information on cryo-SEM techniques for those wanting to know more about cryo-SEM or SEM in general, illustrated with some fantastic images.

Molecular labeling technologies for fluorescence microscopy - 6 December

Friday, 26 November 2010

Dr Iain Johnson, Principal Scientist,  Cell Systems - Immunology Services at Life Technologies will visit the CMCA to provide a comparative overview of the major fluorescent labeling technologies - organic dyes, fluorescent proteins and quantum dot nanocrystals.