Australian National Fabrication Facility

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Established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) is a network of 8 nodes, including 21 institutions throughout Australia. ANFF provides researchers and industry with access to state-of-the art fabrication facilities through a network of over 500 specialised instruments across Australia (valued at more than $200m). To find out more about ANFF's capabilities, visit the ANFF website.

Each node provides their facilities on an open access basis enabling researches to engage in interdisciplinary research across the following fields:

  • Micro and Nano electronics
  • Microfluidics and MEMs
  • Bio-nano applications
  • Advanced materials
  • Sensors and medical devices
  • Photonics.

The capability provided by ANFF enables users to process hard materials (metals, composites and ceramics) and soft materials (polymers and polymer-biological moieties) and transforms these into structures that have applications in sensors, medical devices, nanophotonics, and nanoelectronics.

ANFF Victorian Node

La Trobe University is one of seven members of the ANFF Victorian Node. Housed at the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), other ANFF-Victoria members include Monash University, The University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Swinburne University, RMIT and CSIRO. The Victorian node brings together an extensive range of specialist equipment and professional staff, whose experience is available to all of the Australian research and development community including industry and private research organisations.

La Trobe University Physics and the Centre for Materials and Surface Science contribute to ANFF-Victoria, Australia's most comprehensive suite of surface science instruments, featuring a range of custom-built ultrahigh vacuum instrumentation, synchrotron end stations, and modern surface analytical instrumentation.

Acknowledging ANFF

All academic publications arising from the use of CMSS facilities are required to acknowledge ANFF.

"This work was performed in part at the Victorian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility, a company established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to provide nano and micro-fabrication facilities for Australia's researchers."

 For more information please see the ANFF website.