The National Measurement Institute’s (NMI’s) nanometrology client services specialise in accurate nanoscale dimensional measurement, atomic force microscopy and physico-chemical characteristics of nanomaterials.
As the peak body for measurement, we’re responsible for developing, maintaining and disseminating Australia’s physical national standards. This helps ensure nanoscale measurements made in Australia are traceable to the international system of units (SI) for length (metre). Our Lindfield nanometrology laboratory:
We perform nanoscale length and dimensional measurements on clients’ samples. Our measurements are traceable to the international standards (SI) for length (the metre). Our nanometrologists can perform:
Our laboratory’s core services for clients are nanoscale measurements and analysis. As the peak body, we have a duty to support industry by providing our specialised services. We help clients ensure their measurements are as accurate as possible, for commercial, legal, health, safety, or environmental reasons.
Our physicists and engineers are leaders in nanometrology. From our Lindfield laboratory we support clients across Australia, from a wide range of sectors. This includes clients from universities, government and industry. We have a particular focus on providing nanometrology services to the manufacturing food, health and environmental sectors.
We work closely with other NMI laboratories to deliver nanoscale characteristic services for clients. This includes collaborating with the length and dimensional, chemical and environmental laboratories.
Our nanometrology measurement services are accurate and reliable, and accepted internationally. This facilitates global trade in Australian nanotechnologies, helping our industries grow and compete.
For more information about our capabilities for specific nanoscale tests and instruments, see our list of nanometrology equipment.
We detect, characterise and quantify nanomaterials and nanoparticles in:
We determine the physico-chemical characteristics of nanomaterials for our clients. We supplement our nano-scale characterisation facilities with sample and material processing equipment. This includes a high-intensity ultrasonic processing system, sample dividers/rifflers and centrifuges. Our nanometrologists can perform:
We calibrate nanoscale dimensional artefacts with our metrological scanning probe microscope. This is Australia’s primary standard for nanoscale dimensional measurement and directly linked to the realisation of the SI metre.
Our system uses five traceable laser interferometers to measure the motion of a sample surface, relative to a fixed sensor. We use the resulting image to measure the distance between features on the sample surface with nanometre accuracy. This transforms them into traceable ‘nano-rulers’.
Measurements made with this instrument provide results traceable to the national standards. This means the results provide traceability to international standard units (SI), maintained by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM).
We liaise with clients to meet their schedule requirements wherever possible, including urgent requirements. Our timeframes depend on the volume of work we have at the time, and the instrument’s complexity or size.
We can provide clients with access to our state-of-the-art nanometrology facilities combined with expert support. This service suits researchers who need access to highly specialised equipment and expertise for their own projects. This includes researchers from:
All clients must complete our laboratory induction before using our facility. This is for workplace health and safety, and to safeguard our specialised equipment from incorrect use.
We offer clients from various sectors a contract research and development service. Our specialised nanometrology scientists and engineers can design and deliver measurement services to support research projects or product development. This helps researchers from industry capitalise on growth and commercialisation opportunities in Australia and abroad. It helps protect the health and safety of our community and the environment. It also informs our research to develop the national standards.
Key areas of nanometrology contract research and development we focus on are:
We offer internships and post-graduate co-supervision in our nanometrology laboratory. This is for Australian and international students researching nanotechnologies, nanoparticles, nanomaterials and nanometrology.
We welcome collaborative research and development partnerships. The government provides industry with assistance and support to undertake research. Business-research collaboration allows us to work together to come up with innovative ideas and solutions that benefit both parties.
We work with clients to understand their unique nanometrology measurement issues, or opportunities, and provide:
We design and deliver bespoke training programs for clients. This is separate to our established training and assessment programs. Our bespoke training programs can involve training individuals or teams to:
We offer premium nanometrology client services. Our costs reflect the time, detail and depth of the service we provide. This suits clients who have a regulatory or ethical responsibility to have the highest accuracy possible. It also suits clients with legal or commercial motivations.
We aim to keep costs as low as possible for our clients. This is because we have an obligation to support Australian industry, innovation and science through our client services. This means we operate on a mixed pricing model, with partial cost-recovery.
We customise our quotations to meet each client’s needs. For a quotation email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 2 8467 3820.
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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