Mission and Vision


The mission of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication is to drive Australian innovation of micro/nano technologies by providing an open-access design, build, test and scale-up pipeline that is underpinned by cutting-edge facilities, equipment and expertise.


The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication aspires to be a world leading hub for development and realisation of breakthrough technologies harnessing micro and nanofabrication. The Centre aims to catalyse research excellence and jumpstart commercial translation/scale-up for academic and industry clientele.


The Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication is dedicated to providing a supportive, creative and adventurous culture that brings together the Victorian research community, including universities, publicly funded research institutions and industry to facilitate collaborations and linkages both nationally and internationally. The Centre is committed to delivering professional high-quality customer service and fabrication outcomes in an ISO-certified environment.


MCN Sustainability Statement

At the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), we are committed to advancing sustainable practices in nanofabrication research and operations. We recognize that our activities have an impact on the environment and society, and we strive to minimize any negative effects while promoting positive change. Our sustainability efforts are guided by the following principles:

Environmental Stewardship: We are dedicated to minimizing our environmental footprint and promoting the responsible use of resources. We prioritize energy efficiency, waste reduction, and pollution prevention in all aspects of our operations. Through continuous improvement and innovation, we aim to minimize the consumption of water, energy, and raw materials associated with our research and fabrication processes.

Sustainable Research: MCN encourages and supports sustainable research practices that prioritize environmental and social considerations. We promote interdisciplinary collaboration to address global challenges such as renewable energy, clean water, and sustainable materials. By focusing on sustainable nanofabrication techniques and materials, we contribute to the development of environmentally friendly technologies with reduced environmental impacts throughout their life cycle.

Waste Reduction and Recycling: MCN is committed to minimizing waste generation and promoting recycling initiatives. We implement waste management practices that prioritize source reduction, reuse, and recycling of materials. Through proper waste segregation and responsible disposal methods, we aim to divert waste from landfills and promote the circular economy.

Energy Efficiency: We strive to optimize energy efficiency in our facilities and processes. MCN invests in state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure that reduces energy consumption while maintaining high-quality research outcomes. We promote energy conservation measures such as LED lighting, efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC systems, and smart building automation to minimize our energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions.

Education and Engagement: MCN actively engages with our staff, researchers, and partners to foster a culture of sustainability. We provide training and resources to promote awareness and understanding of sustainable practices, encouraging everyone to contribute to our sustainability goals. We collaborate with the academic community, industry, and government agencies to share knowledge and promote sustainable nanofabrication practices.

Continuous Improvement: MCN is committed to continually improving our sustainability performance. We set measurable goals and regularly assess our practices to identify areas for improvement. We monitor and report our progress transparently, encouraging feedback and suggestions from our stakeholders to drive further innovation and sustainability integration.

As the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, we recognize our responsibility to contribute to a more sustainable future. By embracing sustainable practices, we aim to reduce our environmental impact, promote resource efficiency, and drive positive change in the field of nanofabrication. Together with our partners, researchers, and stakeholders, we will continue to lead by example and inspire others to adopt sustainable practices in their work and daily lives.

positive change in the field of nanofabrication. Together with our partners, researchers, and stakeholders, we will continue to lead by example and inspire others to adopt sustainable practices in their work and daily lives.

Pyramid of purpose

The MCN aims to deliver outcomes that will have real impact for customers, by ensuring that it is easy to access, agile in how it applies engineering expertise to respond quickly and accurately to customers, and always seeking opportunities to enhance the quality of services that are available.