Industry support

Cryo-TEM image of drug loaded liposomes

The Centre for Advanced Microscopy supports industry and commercial clients across a broad range of sciences and engineering. We have dedicated expert microscopy and microanalysis staff from various disciplines, including health and medical sciences, biology, material sciences, chemistry, geosciences and engineering.

What we provide to industry and commercial clients:

Fee for service:

  • expert advice for design of studies and technical guidance in sample preparation techniques for microscopy
  • professional analytical services by experienced operators with a fast turn-around time
  • data collection, analysis and reporting on all aspects of sample examination
  • competitive pricing

Training and access:

  • sample preparation and instrument training, tailored to your needs
  • open-access use of all CAM instrumentation, once competency is reached, at a competitive hourly rate

Collaborative industry support:

For more complex research challenges, take advantage of our expertise to solve your problems. Contact us to discuss your needs and ask for a quote for collaborative work.

Industry Subsidy Scheme

Microscopy Australia has established an Industry Subsidy Scheme that provides support to Australian companies for work performed at Microscopy Australia facilities, such as CAM.


Areas of Imaging and Analysis

CAM’s instruments provide high resolution imaging or microanalysis in the following areas:


At CAM we have equipment and expertise to support manufacturing of therapeutic products, including vaccines and medicines. For example, we use cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM) to visually monitor small molecule-loading into nanoparticles (liposomes) and quality assess liposome size and membrane homogeneity.

Agriculture and Food

We can analyse and characterise a range of food, beverage and agriculture products. Formulations of fertilisers/support microbes and contaminants can, for example, be studied and analysed by Light Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy, whereas effects of additives, contaminants etc. on interior ultrastructure of organisms/tissues/cells can be determined by Transmission Electron Microscopy.

Mineral Exploration and Mining Industry

Knowing the distribution, composition, shape, and size of minerals in gangues is fundamental in identifying the abundance of economically critical elements in ore deposits and understanding their physical properties for improved extraction during separation processing. The FEI Quanta QEMSCAN provides fast and accurate identification of mineral phases displayed in maps along with further critical information such as mineral modal percentages, porosity, density and minerals associations. Elemental distribution and concentration in mineral phases are further attained with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (EDS) and Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (WDS) analyses. This helps determine the levels of elements from major to trace amount.

Rapid Data-Intensive Microscopy Processing Workflows & Powerful Hyperconverged Super-Compute Capacities

CAM cooperates with National Computational Infrastructure (NCI Australia) to streamline and underpin an expansive range of advanced microscopy processing workflows with our private-cloud compute capacity and NCI Australia’s hyperconverged infrastructure.

How to find us

CAM is located at 131 Garran Road, Acton ACT. Our entrance is on the side of JCSMR, directly off Garran Road at ground level and next to the JCSMR Workshop.

Please contact us to find out more about how we can provide support for your projects.