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David Sampson says some of WA’s top researchers are interested in UWA’s Nikon Centre for Excellence. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Macro outcomes from microscopes

A collaborative project involving Japanese optical instrumentation company Nikon and the University of Western Australia has the potential to drive a new era of scientific research nationwide.

That’s the view of the UWA Centre for Microscopy’s characterisation and analysis director, David Sampson, who said the new Nikon Centre of Excellence (NCE) opened up a world of possibilities.

The new facility, which opened late last month, is located at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. It houses six of the world’s most cutting-edge microscopy instruments, which can be used to see down to 10 nanometres (10,000 times the capability of the human eye) and is powerful enough to see atoms.

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