Monash X-Ray Platform (MXP)

Overview of Services


The Monash X-ray Platform (MXP) is an ISO 9001 certified, open access Technology Research Platform that provides advanced in-house X-ray based instrumentation as well as expertise, services and training in X-ray based material characterisation.

The MXP has a suite of in-house X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) instrumentation available to Monash researchers, external universities, government agencies and industry.

These instruments include two Bruker D8 Advance Eco’s and a D8 Advance with in-situ stage, an environmental chamber and capillary setup for phase ID or quantitative Phase ID, crystallite size-strain analysis and crystal structure refinement; a D8 Discover for texture/stress and grazing incidence diffraction; an N8 Horizon for small-angle X-ray scattering and a ThermoScientific Nexsa X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for surface analysis.

The MXP is one of the largest in-house X-ray instrument facilities in Australia, supporting innovation across multiple disciplines, including in the design of materials for industrial, environmental and biomedical applications and the development of green technologies and processes for energy production and mining. It plays an important role in educating and supporting students in materials characterisation and is a key complementary facility to the Australian Synchrotron and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), the Australian National Fabrication Facility’s (ANFF) central node in Victoria.

Monash X-Ray Platform Website

Workshops and courses

We run regular workshops and courses on X-ray Diffraction good experimental practice and data analysis. These courses can be counted towards Monash PhD's professional development training hours. Please complete the forms linked below to register your interest.

- Data Analysis Training Course

- X-Ray Diffraction Principles and Good Experimental Practice Course

Location and hours of operation 

The MXP has two nodes, one in New Horizons and one in Chemistry:

New Horizon MXP Node:

G77 & G78 New Horizons
Monash University
Clayton Campus, VIC 3800

 Access to MXP labs and instruments in New Horizons is during business hours only unless after-hours access has been agreed and provisioned by MXP staff.

Chemistry MXP Node:

G48, Building 23, 17 Rainforest Walk

Access to MXP instruments in Chemistry is during business hours only, however, the use of the autochanger allows samples to be run after hours.



Name Role Phone Email Location
Richard Parsons
Platform Manager
+61 3 990 52783
Office 207, New Horizons, Building 82
Jisheng Ma
Senior Research Officer
0428 643 228
New Horizons, Building 82
Craig Forsyth
Chemistry XRD Laboratory Manager
+61 3 990 54588
G48, Building 23, 17 Rainforest Walk
Yvonne Hora
Research Infrastructure Specialist (XPS)
New Horizons, Building 82

Available Equipment and Resources

Name Price
D8 Advance  
D8 Cobalt  
D8 Eco  
Nexsa Surface Analysis System¬†  
D8 Discover  
N8 Horizon  
D2 Phaser  
Database Computer 1  
Database Computer 2