Confocal microscope for high-resolution microtopographic analysis of surfaces in historical, forensic and polymer sciences

  • Evans, Alistair (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Ellis, Amanda Vera (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Kaidonis, John A. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lee, Michael (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Leterme, Sophie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Linacre, Adrian (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Louys, Julien (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Popelka-Filcoff, Rachel (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Price, Gilbert (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Prideaux, Gavin (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ranjitkar, Sarbin (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Townsend, Grant (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Travouillon, Kenny (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Webb, Gregory (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hutchinson, Mark Norman (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Walshe, Keryn (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Precise characterisation of surface microtopography using confocal microscopy has myriad applications, but
it has been vastly underutilised in Australia. Our aim is to develop a world-best facility for targeting longstanding questions in palaeontology, archaeology and anthropology. It will facilitate innovative research in forensics, anatomy, marine microbiology and polymer science. High-resolution, three-dimensional, virtual renderings will be quantitatively analysed, allowing statistical comparison of micro-surface attributes, redressing a common weakness of prior studies. The facility will be unique in Australia and a key resource for trans-disciplinary collaborations and postgraduate training focused on national research priorities.
Effective start/end date10/04/1331/12/14


  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Monash University