Flinders Microscopy

We provide researchers in academia and industry expert support, training and advice on advanced microscopy and imaging techniques.

One of two Flinders Microscopy facilities at Flinders, The Faculty of Science and Engineering our facility specialises in Atomic Force, Raman and Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy (AFM)/(STM) and Scanning Electrom Microscopy.

The types of analysis we perform include:

  • Characterizing sample topography, stiffness and adhesion using AFM in air and fluid environments
  • Monitoring dynamic changes in surfaces with Fast-scanning AFM that can acquire images over 100 times faster than conventional AFM.
  • Mapping sample conductivity on the nanoscale
  • Confocal Raman spectroscopy and imaging of surfaces with a choice of 3 laser excitation wavelengths (533 nm, 633 nm, 785 nm)
  • Co-localised AFM/Raman imaging
  • Tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) of sample surfaces
  • High resolution SEM of samples with elemental mapping using Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • Sputter coating surfaces with a variety of metals (e.g. gold, chromium, platinum)

We are part of the South Australian node of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) which comprises nearly 300 instruments run by expert staff supporting over 60 different microscopy techniques.

We assisted AMMRF in establishing MyScope which is an online learning tool  for a variety of microscopy techniques and includes advanced interactive computer simulations showing how the techniques are used in practice.

We are also part of the the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) which links 8 university-based nodes to provide researchers and industry with access to fabrication facilities.


Flinders Microscopy at Flinders Medical Centre - Confocal laser scanning microscopy, Fluorescence and Brightfield microscopy and Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy.


  • Bruker Multimode Nanoscope V Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)
  • Bruker Multimode Nanoscope V Atomic Force Microscope with conductance mapping
  • Bruker Dimension Fast-scan
  • Witec Raman/AFM microscope
  • Nanonics TERS/AFM/Raman microscope
  • Camscan Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • FEI Phenom SEM


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Dr Christopher Gibson

Facility Manager
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Phone: (+61 8) 820 17978

Dr. Cameron Shearer

SEM Laboratory Manager

Phone: (+61 8) 820 12372

Mr Ashley Slattery

TERS/AFM Laboratory Manager

Phone: (+61 8) 820 12651


Room 2004
Physical Sciences Building (Bldg 43)
Flinders University 

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  Postal Address

Flinders Microscopy

Faculty of Science & Engineering
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide  SA  5001