The Caruso Nanoengineering Group hosts or has access to world-class facilities for the synthesis and characterisation of thin films and particle systems, as well as full PC2 (biological) labs for cell culture, bacteria, DNA/RNA work and similar. Many of the more advanced facilities are made available to the broader research community through platforms such as the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform, the Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility, and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication.

  • Atomic force microscope
  • Confocal microscope
  • Confocal Raman microscope
  • FTIR microscope
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometer
  • Light scattering – Particle Sizer
  • NanoSight – Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
  • Quartz crystal microbalance
  • Quartz crystal microbalance – Dissipation (Q-Sense)
  • Surface plasmon resonance spectrophotometer
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • FTIR spectrophotometer
  • Optical waveguide lightmode spectrometer
  • Double beam UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • UV-Visible spectrophotometer
  • Dual polarization interferometer
  • Flow cytometer
  • Imaging-flow cytometer
  • Zetasizer
  • Microfluidic flow control systems
  • Automated thin film dip coater
  • High temperature oven
  • Plasma cleaner
  • PC2 and biological facilities
  • Needle probe sonicator unit
  • Nanoassemblr Ignite – Nano Particle Synthesis System

Access to the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform at the University of Melbourne.

Imaging and microscopy facilities

Confocal Microscope (Nikon A1R+)

  • 4-channel spectral imaging
  • Spectral detector
  • FLIM and FCS
  • Live imaging

Imaging Flow Cytometer (Amnis ImageStream X Mk II)

  • 12-channel imaging
  • 405 nm, 488 nm, 561 nm, and 640 nm excitation
  • Multiwell plate autosampler
  • Up to 5,000 cells per second

Super-Resolution Imaging (Zeiss Elyra 7 eLS Lattice SIM)

  • High speed live cell super-resolution imaging
  • Resolution down to 60 nm
  • Up to 255 frames per second
  • Single-molecule localisation capabilities

Access to electron microscopy and other imaging platforms at the Advanced Microscopy Facility.