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11 February 2016

Introduction to Transmission and Analytical Electron Microscopy

By Professor Nestor J. Zaluzec

Electron Microscopy Center

Center for Nanoscale Materials Argonne National Laboratory

In this workshop we will review the basic instrumentation, operating modes and ancillary equipment available in today's modern transmission electron microscope, as well as outline the imaging (CTEM, STEM, HREM), diffraction(SAED, CBED), and microanalysis (XEDS, EELS) techniques which facilitate materials characterization from the sub-millimeter to the sub-nanometer scales.  This workshop will serve as an good introduction to the techniques for the novice or a refresher for those who have been away from the field for a few years. The majority of the topics covered will be taken from materials/nanoscience perspective, however, selected examples from the life sciences will be included as appropriate.

When: Thursday 11/02/2016

Time: 10am to 1pm

Where: WSU, Parramatta North Campus (LZ G14)

Open to all. RSVP by Tuesday 9/02/2016 to Richard.Wuhrer@westernsydney.edu.au

About Speaker Professor Nestor Zaluzec

A Fellow of both Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as well as the Computational Institute of the University of Chicago, Zaluzec has and continues to hold the tripartite role of Senior Scientist, Educator and Inventor at ANL. As an innovator, his research includes development state-of-the art of instrumentation and techniques for atomic resolution x-ray & electron spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. In addition to creating tools for science, as a researcher he also uses these bleeding edge technologies to study vexing problems in technologically important materials. Over the last quarter of a century, his work has included studies in the areas of: structural phase transformations in metals, radiation damage in alloys, ceramic oxides for geologic immobilization of nuclear waste materials, elemental segregation in semiconductor devices, to genetically engineered proteins for creation of two dimensional biological templates for magnetic nanoarrays. He was one of the earliest to realize the potential impact of the Internet on science and established the TelePresence Microscopy Collaboratory, which has served as a model for outreach to both the scientific and education communities providing unencumbered access to scientific resources. In addition to his roles as an adjunct professor at various Illinois universities, he also strives to engage the next generation of scientists through his work with the Illinois Junior Academy of Science, where he continues to interact on a one to one basis with middle and high school students.


Facility News

Impacts of Climate Change on Coral Reefs

Dr Anya Salih, from Western Sydney University's Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility, spoke at the Environmental Film Festival in Melbourne on how coral could survive controlled climate change.

For more information, view the article: 'Corals could survive controlled climate change.' (opens in a new window)

National Imaging Quarterly - BMRF

The internationally renowned Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Facility (BMRF) hosted the 6th NMR, MRI and Diffusion Symposium to celebrate the recent technology expansion - a Bruker 600 MHz (14.1 T) wide-bore spectrometer, and a Perkin-Elmer Quantum GX microCT imaging system. The refurbished BMRF was opened by Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover.

For more information, download the article in the National Imaging Facility Quarterly (PDF, 1898.91 KB) (opens in a new window)

Unlocking Secrets of Coral Reef - Confocal 

It's been a life's work for Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility Manager Anya Salih, who was the first to demonstrate the fluorescent proteins were being used by corals as a kind of sunscreen to modulate light and protect themselves from devastating coral bleaching.

For more information, download the article Unlocking secrets of coral reef (JPG, 339.53 KB). (opens in a new window)

Previous Events


7 December 2015United States Climate Change Policy: President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Reports on Climate and Environment
Renowned theoretical physicist and US Presidential advisor on Science & Technology Professor Sylvester James Gates will review the policy recommendations that flow from two reports by the U.S. President's Council on Science and Technology (PCAST) on the topic of climate and environment.

Please see United States Climate Change Policy: President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Reports on Climate and Environment (DOCX, 1950.25 KB) (opens in a new window) for more information.

Date: 7 December 2015
Time: 15:00-16:00 (with informal conversation until 17:00)
Location: Hawkesbury Campus, L9 Ground Floor Lecture Theatre

For further details please contact Dr Anya Salih on a.salih@westernsydney.edu.au 
Confocal Bio Imaging Facility
17 November 2015Building the Next Generation of Fluorescent Proteins for Imaging in Cell Biology  
Internationally Acclaimed Scientist Dr Nathan Shaner from the Scintillon Institute San Diego, who is currently working with Dr Anya Salih from Western Sydney University's Confocal Facility on coral fluorescent proteins for super-resolution imaging, will give a seminar about his research at the School Medicine. Click here (PDF, 163.44 KB) (opens in a new window) for more information.

Date: 17 November 2015
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Location: Campbelltown Campus, CA-30.G.213
Confocal Bio Imaging Facility
Date Name Facility
September 15     

Australian X-Ray Analytical Association's 2015 NSW Student Seminar Day : Scattering Matters 

Come and learn about our young researchers' work using X-ray, neutron and other scattering techniques of analysis.

Date:  Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Western Sydney University (Cnr Pemberton St & Victoria Road) Parramatta North Campus, Building LZ.G.14 

For more information download the Event Program (PDF, 18.55 KB) (opens in a new window)  



AMCF (opens in a new window)
May 12

Target Enrichment for NGS Applications Roche NimbleGen

Date: Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: L9.G.21, Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Campus
Speaker: Dr Patrick Danoy, Technical Sales Specialist, Roche Sequencing

Roche NimbleGen, part of Roche Sequencing, an innovator in genomics, is focused on developing target enrichment solutions for next-generation sequencing. Our technologies allow researchers to selectively target DNA sequences of interest in their genome of interest, human or non-human, either through focused exomes or custom designed gene panels, for variant discovery and validation. With our ever growing suite of tools for targeted DNA sequencing, we are enabling the life science community to achieve their research goals more efficiently in order to understand the association genomics and epigenomics have with diseases and biological processes.

February 19 Introduction to SEM and Microanalysis Workshop AMCF (opens in a new window)
February 25 Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) Workshop

SIMS (opens in a new window)

March 30 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Workshop BMRF (opens in a new window)
May 17

3D/4D Visualization & Analysis Imaris 8 Workshop

Date: 18 May 2015

Location:  Hawkesbury Campus

Click to read the Workshop Report (PDF, 176.9 KB) (opens in a new window)

Confocal()(opens in a new window)