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MCN was opened in 2011 to help fill the gap in Australia for open access, multi-scale fabrication infrastructure, spanning a range of fabrication environments and materials. MCN provides the means to produce complex micro and nano-science based demonstration devices using an array of tools. MCN comprises biological and non-biological fabrication techniques, for example electron beam lithography, focused ion-beam lithography, photolithography, embossing and deposition (self-assembly); as well as systems integration capabilities such as bonding, biological spotting and microfluidics, all housed within dedicated new laboratories and clean rooms.

The outputs of the MCN are predominantly a range of devices and integrated systems in the environmental and medical sensors areas, including microfluidics and basic micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), and the solar cell and energy areas.

The MCN also supports a range of emerging technology areas and the production of non-traditional devices (e.g. complex diffractive elements and bio-medical sensors).

The facility is open on a national and international basis to research and industry users who also have access to contiguous laboratory environments to work with other scientific disciplines and institutions. The goal is to maximize cross-disciplinary interaction on a national and international basis and to attract international collaborations to provide additional capabilities to local users and set a benchmark for operations and future investment.