A Photoemission Electron Microscope will be the first of its kind in Australia when it arrives at Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis later this year. The new facility, worth over $2 million is funded by a coinvestment between Flinders University, the South Australian Government and the Federal Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Photoemission Electron Microscopy provides structural, morphological, magnetic, electronic and chemical properties of heterogeneous matter with nanometre resolution. By utilising such a diverse and powerful technique, this unique facility is designed for the current and future Australian research priorities in Defence, Advanced Manufacturing, Space, Energy, Food, Mining, and the Environment.
“For SA to remain at the cutting edge in the innovation space, governments need to invest in research facilities in collaboration with the private sector, universities and other research bodies – and that’s exactly what we’re doing” said the South Australian Government’s Minister for Innovation and Skills, David Pisoni.
The new facility will be housed at Flinders University’s Bedford Park campus and form part of the materials characterisation capabilities for Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis. The facility will also be supported by two new technical staff who will provide training for new users and assist users with data analysis and management.