Enabling future technology by building light element analysis capability; a light element optimised ultra-high resolution electron microprobe

  • Tomkins, Andrew (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bhargava, Suresh (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Boger, Steven (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Brooks, Geoffrey (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hutchinson, Christopher (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Tardio, James (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Weinberg, Roberto (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Wen, Cui'e (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • MacRae, Colin (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Pownceby, Mark Ian (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Wilson, Nicholas (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

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Project Description

Electron MicroProbes (EMP) deliver small-scale quantitative chemical analysis combined with micro-imaging, and are standard tools in geosciences, the mineral processing industry, and materials engineering. The new instrument is an advanced EMP, which, in addition to typical microprobe technology, will be equipped with liquid nitrogen cooling (promotes instrument stability), cathode luminescence capability, field emission gun (enables <50 nm resolution), and new ultra-soft X-ray detector technology. This is world-beating technology that will give users a significant research advantage in analysing and imaging light element-rich and regular materials at extremely high resolution with very low detection limits.
StatusNot started


  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Monash University
  • Monash University
  • Monash University
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia)
  • University of Melbourne