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 microscopy
  • Confocal microscope
  • Deconvolution microscope
  • Fluorescence spectrophotometer
  • Fluorescence microscope
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometer
  • Light scattering — particle sizer
  • Quartz crystal microbalance
  • Quartz crystal microbalance — dissipation (Q-Sense)
  • Surface plasmon resonance 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

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

Imaging and microscopy facilities


Confocal Microscope (Leica SP2)

  • 4-channel spectral imaging
  • Fluorescence lifetime imaging

Live Cell Imaging (DeltaVision)

  • 4-channel (DAPI, FITC, RITC, Cy5)
  • Live cell imaging
  • Deconvolution

Imaging Flow Cytometer

  • 6-channel imaging (SSC (Bright Field), DAPI, FITC, RITC, Texas Red, Cy5)
  • 405nm, 488nm and 647nm excitation
  • 100 cells per second

Super-Resolution Imaging (Applied Precision OMX Blaze)

  • Simultaneous 2-colour imaging
  • 405nm, 488nm & 568nm excitation
  • DAPI, FITC, TRITC, Cy5, CFP, YFP and mCherry imaging
  • xy resolution down to 100 nm
  • z resolution down to 220 nm
  • 20 fps super-resolution imaging
  • 300 fps standard resolution
  • Live cell imaging

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