Central Analytical Facilities - Electron Microscope and X-Ray Unit


Overview of Services

The Electron Microscope and X-Ray Unit (EMX) is part of the University of Newcastle's Central Analytical Facilities, which gives researchers and research students access to a range of multi-disciplinary scientific equipment and services, from flow cytometry to analytical and biological mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, x-ray services and more. 

The EMX unit is managed by the university’s Research and Innovation Services team and provides: 

Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

These are used for imaging, elemental identification, quantification and mapping of a wide variety of sample types. SEMS in the EMX have been used to analyse many different sample types from bone fragments to organic electronic films to plant cells to catalysts to clays and minerals, to name just a few.

Transmission Electron Microscopes (TEMs)

These use a transmitted electron beam to discover information about materials at high magnification. This information can include imaging up to atomic level (TEM and HRTEM), identification and mapping of elemental composition using electron dispersion X‐ray spectroscopy (EDS), and characterisation of crystal structures using selected area electron diffraction (SAED).

X‐ray Diffraction (XRD)

This analysis is applicable only to crystalline materials and is most often used to determine the identity of phases or compounds in a sample. Most samples are powders, but the XRDs in the EMX are also able to analyse solid samples and thin films (glancing incidence).

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday-Thursday 8am- 4pm,               

Friday 8.30am-4pm 

AVLG30 Psychology (AV) Floor LG
Architecture Way, University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW, 2308                                                 

Links and Resources

CAF - ReSearch Hub


How to Access the EMX

Step 1: Talk to one of our instrument specialists

Call or email one of the CAF's dedicated instrument specialists to discuss your research needs (please see Contacts at the bottom of this page).

Our team can assist with project planning, method development and data analysis to ensure you get the best outcomes from your time and samples.


Step 2: Register and complete the required online instrument training course

Register for online training for any instrument you wish to use, see the link on the iLab "Request Services" tab. This training is compulsory and a certificate of completion must be uploaded to iLab before a user is able to be inducted to use EMX equipment.

Online Training is available for SEM Equipment, TEM Equipment, and XRD Equipment.


Compulsory Safety Training for ALL XRD Users 

All XRD Users must attend compulsory training entitled "Radiation Safety for Unlicensed Users of X-ray Equipment" that is held at least twice a year at the UoN Callaghan campus. 

Registration via Discover or by email to Melissa.Musicka@newcastle.edu.au 

Training dates will be publicised in the EMX, on Discover and by email. The training takes a full day and participants must pass an exam at the end of the day.  

Course completion certificates must be provided in .pdf form to emxray@newcastle.edu.au 


Step 3: Sign up to for a one-off induction to the EMX facility

Before you step into the EMX lab please attend an induction session. All inductions commence at 9am and are held in the EMX. All EMX Users and visitors must wear appropriate enclosed footwear to the EMX.

You can register your interest for induction by emailing emxray@newcastle.edu.au.


Step 4: Book an Instrument

Important Note - Before you are able to book an instrument you will need to ensure that all induction and training activities are complete.

To make an assisted booking with an instrument specialist, please make a Training booking on the required instrument through the Schedule Equipment tab.


Name Role Phone Email Location



Yun Lin
02 49215731
Huiming Zhang
(02) 4921 5676
Nathan Smith
Operations Coordinator -CAF
LS 4.50