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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 www.apmc-10.org."
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.