The MCN is a world-class nanofabrication centre, combining cutting-edge technologies with the knowledge and skills of expert process engineers. The MCN represents a $50million investment in micro- nanotechnology infrastructure as a joint venture between six Victorian Universities and the CSIRO. It is located in the heart of the South-East Melbourne Innovation Precinct and is openly accessible to any researchers in academia, CSIRO or industry.
The MCN is the largest and broadest capability within the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). By connecting the national research facilities in micro/nano fabrication, ANFF enables research institutions and industry clients around Australia to identify partners, collaborate and innovate.
The MCN provides a collaborative, multi-user, multi-institutional working environment. It employs LEAN operating principles, akin to those of a high-throughput industry environment, to ensure a targeted, consistent and efficient client experience for all users of the facility. The MCN's quality management system is certified under ISO 9001:2008.
The staff at MCN are available to train new users to become proficient in operation of the tools and systems as if they were part of their own in-house R&D capabilities. MCN’s staff can also conduct fabrication or analysis services by quotation, or they can collaborate fully in the design, prototyping and batch production needs for any client.
The MCN enables productivity and quality gains for users by providing a pipeline for design, fabrication, characterisation and testing of materials and devices at the one facility. This enables an easy transition from concept to prototype, with the possibility to scale up to trial batch production, creating a comprehensive user experience.