Adelaide Microscopy offers a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis. It offers access to trained users from universities, other research institutions and the corporate sector as well as fee-for-service facilities.

The centre’s facilities and experience assures clients complete confidence in the analysis of nanostructures of non-biological and biological materials.


Products and services

  • Scanning, Transmission and Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopes
  • Scanned Laser Confocal Microscopes
  • Atomic Force Microscope
  • X-ray Microtomography
  • Live Animal X-ray Microtomography
  • Live Cell Imaging
  • Laser Capture/Dissection Microscopes
  • Electron Microprobe
  • Laser Ablation and Solution ICPMS
  • Multiphoton Microscopy
  • Light Microscopy


Adelaide Microscopy also provides sample preparation tools and services as well as consulting and post imaging processing. Highly qualified professional and technical staff draw on a broad range of expertise in applying the most suitable techniques.


Type Manufacturer Model Technical Specifications
AFM Ntegra Solaris AFM Ntegra Solaris Atomic Force Microscope
BET MicroMeritics Gemini VII Surface Area Analyser
Confocal Leica SP5 Scanning confocal microscope
Confocal Nikon A1R Nikon A1R confocal microscope
FIB SEM FEI Helios Nano Lab Dual Beam focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (AMMRF flagship)
Freeze Substitution Unit Leica AFS Leica AFS Freeze Substitution System
ICPMS Agilent 213 with 7500cx ICP-MS Laser ablation system
ICPMS Agilent M50 with 7700 ICP-MS RESOlution LR M50 with 7700 ICP-MS
ICPMS for Solution Agilent ORS with 7500cs ICPMS 7500cs with ORS for Solution ICP Analysis
Ion Beam Mill GATAN 600 Duo ion mill for thinning samples both sides using a beam of ionized argon gas
IVIS Lumina XRMS In Vivo Multi-species Optical and X-Ray Imaging System
Laser Micro Dissection Microscope LEICA ASLMD Laser microdissection microscope, fluorescence and DIC
Live Cell Microscope Nikon Ti E Live Cell Microscope
LMD PALM LMPC Laser Microdissection and Pressure Catapulting (LMPC)
MicroCT SkyScan 1072 X-ray Micro CT Scanner
MicroCT SkyScan 1076 Live Animal X-ray Microtomography System
MicroProbe CAMECA SX51 Electron Microprobe w SAMX Software
MicroProbe CAMECA SXFive Electron Microprobe w Probe for EPMA Software
MultiPhoton Microscope Bio-Rad 2000MP Two-photon microscopy, using pulsed long wave-length (infra-red) laser light to excite fluorophores within the specimen
Nanoindenter IBIS IBIS Nanoindentation System
Optical Microscope Nikon DS-Ri1 Upright research microscope with DS-Ri1 CCD camera for BF, DIC, fluor
Optical Microscope Olympus BX51 Research Grade Optical Microscope DIC, Phase,DF, BF
Optical Petrographic Microscope Nikon Nikon Petrographic Microscope
Optical Stereo Microscope Leica MZ16FA Stereo Microscope
SEM FEI 450 Field Emission Gun Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope + EDAX TEAM EDS with SDD Detector
SEM FEI 600 Scanning Electron Microscope with the Mineral Liberation Analysis (MLA), Gatan Cathodoluminescence detector
SEM Philips XL30 FEGSEM w EDAX EDS, Oxford Cryo Stage & HKL EBSD
SEM Philips XL20 Scanning Electron Microscope w EDAX EDS
Stereo Microscope Nikon CMZ36 Nikon SMZ25 Stereo Microscope with fluorescence and CCD camera
TEM Philips CM200 Transmission Electron Microscope/STEM w GATAN PEELS, EDAX EDS & Cryo Stage
TEM FEI Tecnai G2 Spirit 120kVolt Transmission Electron Microscope + EDAX TEAM EDS w SDD Detector + Electron Tomography & Cryo capable
TEM Philips CM100 Transmission Electron Microscope w SIS MegaviewII Image Capture
Materials Applications
Physical metallurgy, engineered materials and welds
Failure analysis
Dental restorative materials and amalgams, including reactions with mercury
Ion implantation of materials
Polymer science
Analysis of thin film multi-layers
Petroleum geology and core sampling
Mineralogical characterization
Igneous petrology
Particle characterisation from smoke stack emissions
Nano-imaging for nanotechnology
Microfossil identification and characterization
Solution analysis to detect trace levels of metallic cations in bulk solution
Mechanical Enginnering new material structural testing and development
Biological Applications
Immuno electron microscopy
Ultramicrotomy applied to biological and physical materials
Freeze-substitution, low temperature embedding
SEM preparation using critical point drying and cryo methods
Freeze-fracture and tissue embedding
High resolution rotary shadowing and negative staining of macromolecules, viruses and bacteria
Development of specific protocols for the preparation of plant and animal tissue
Live cell imaging
Nano imaging of cell ultrastructures and biomaterials
Laser microdissection for PCR, RT-PCR and Proteomics etc
Fluroescence detection using flurofores with 3D output for analysis
Cellular characterisation and measurement
Image Analysis
3D data acquisition and processing
Drug delivery invivo imaging


Mr Angus Netting



The University of Adelaide
Ground and Basement Levels
Medical School North Building
Frome Road
Adelaide SA 5005