Ian Holmes Imaging Centre

Nanotechnology and biomedical science bear a major impact on medicine, agriculture and the environment and therefore generate substantial economic benefits in the foreseeable future.

The Bio21 Institute's $20m Ian Holmes Imaging Centre (IHIC) is a key facility designed for life and physical sciences as well as engineering applications.

At Bio21, the IHIC is home to the University of Melbourne's largest park of electon microscopes and housed in the newly redeveloped Ruth Bishop building (ex VRI).  It is currently equipped with ten state-of-the-art electron microscopes (6 transmission, 2 Focussed Ion Beam and 2 scanning electron microscopes).

The facility is open access and is available to academic and industry users on a collaborative and/or fee for use basis.

A wide range of equipment and expertise is available in the facility including:

  • TEM and SEM sample preparation
  • Microanalysis (EDS and EELS)
  • 3D (block face imaging, tomography)
  • Cryo TEM (incl Single Particle Analysis)
  • Cryo SEM
  • Focused Ion Beam
  • Nanofabrication
  • Super resolution optical microscopy
  • Live cell imaging

Ian Holmes Imaging Centre

The Bio21 Ian Holmes Imaging Centre is also part of a broader collaborative facility at the University of Melbourne. In conjunction with the Electron Microscopy Unit at the School of BioSciences and the Biological Optical Microscopy Platform (BOMP), the Melbourne Advanced Microscopy Facility caters for all basic and advanced microscopy applications.

You can find out more about the staff, expertise, equipment and access the booking calendars on the Ian Holmes Imaging Centre website.

All enquiries can be sent to:

Eric Hanssen

03 8344 2449

ehanssen [at] unimelb.edu.au