Alert: COVID-19 Updates

MCN Current Operational Status

latest update: 27.07.21 4:54pm



Dear MCN Users-

Following the most recent Victorian Govt advice, Monash has advised that MCN and other research platforms can resume pre-lockdown COVID-safe operations, commencing Wed 28th July.

MCN users should note the following:

  • Facility access will revert to its pre-lockdown state, i.e. the front entry will open automatically during normal operating hours; FOBs still required A/H
  • Everyone must scan the QR code when entering the facility
  • All independent research activity can resume without restriction
  • A face mask must be carried at all times and worn inside the MCN. If you are in an enclosed space on your own, such as an office, you may remove your mask, but if another person enters that enclosed space, you must both be wearing a mask.
  • Staff will be back on-site supporting user activity apart from approved WFH activity, which was in place pre-lockdown
  • On-site user training and new user inductions can resume. Users whose training sessions were displaced during lockdown should contact relevant staff to rebook
  • Observe and comply with all room occupant density directives

As always, we will provide further updates should there be additional advice from Govt or from Monash. In the interim, please consult the MCN website for the most up to date information re: COVID-19 access and operations.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Michael Imsic or Sean Langelier.

Best wishes,

Sean Langelier
General Manager, MCN | ANFF-VIC



The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruptions to our standard operations. Please watch this space for the latest information on access, staffing and services. Details on upcoming public holidays and/or planned disruptions to MCN lab access can be found here.

The broader ANFF network is also coordinating a response to COVID-19, see here for more details.


General Access


As per normal; face masks required indoors; use of QR code check-in required 

Staff Support


As per normal 



As per normal 

New User Induction


As per normal 

Fee for Service


As per normal 




As per normal 

Non-cleanroom Labs


As per normal 

ANFF-Victoria In-kind Capability Hubs

last update: 18.02.21 10:04am

Joint venture partners of the Victorian node provide open access to select in-kind infrastructure within their home organisations. The operational status of these facilities is listed below:

In-kind Capability



Biointerface Engineering Hub

Swinburne University

Staffed; open for access on request

Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF)


Staffed; open for access; COVID measures in place

Micro and Nano Devices Laboratory & BMTF


staffed, operational for critical research only, closed to visitors

Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP)

Melbourne University

Staffed; open for access and training

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Deakin University

Staffed; open for access and training

Centre for Materials Surface Science (CMSS)

La Trobe University

limited staff access, closed for external access, critical research only