Monash X-Ray Platform (MXP)

About MXP 

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

Reminder: Please remember to acknowledge the MXP in all publications that use the platform

Placing "The authors acknowledge the use of facilities within the Monash X-ray Platform" in your acknowledgements section of any publications is adequate.

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 : Zoom 9:30am-12:00pm Friday, TBA

- X-Ray Diffraction Principles and Good Experimental Practice Course 


MXP New User Meeting (Zoom session): 10:00am-11:00am Friday

MXP lab Induction (New Horizons labs):  10:00am-10:45am Monday

D8 Advance (Eco/Cobalt) practical training (Zoom session): 3:00pm-4:00pm Friday

Please contact if you intend to join any of the above sessions in advance, as session can be canceled if no sufficient number of users to form a group.




Have a quick question or need help in near-real-time? Please follow How to join a Slack workspace to register and join the Slack MXP Workspace. Futher info about Slack here



Advice for Grant Applicants

If you are planning to submit a grant application for a research project that may require the MXP's capabilities, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can help.

For advice on how to include costs in your grant application budget, please contact us at 

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
Jisheng Ma
Platform Manager
+61 3 990 52783
Room 207, Building 82, New Horizons, 20 Research Way, Clayton, VIC 3168
Craig Forsyth
Chemistry XRD Laboratory Manager
+61 3 990 54588
G48, Building 23, 17 Rainforest Walk
Yvonne Hora
Research Infrastructure Specialist (XPS)
Building 82, New Horizons, 20 Research Way
Tian Zhang
Senior Technical Officer
+61 411 423 816
Desk16 Room 204, New Horizons, 20 Research Way
Suming Zhu
Research Support Officer
Desk 5 Room 204, New Horizons, 20 Research Way

Price list

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Available Equipment and Resources

Name Price
D8 Advance  
D8 Cobalt  
D8 Eco  
D2 Phaser  
D8 Discover  
Rigaku SmartLab  
Nexsa Surface Analysis System  
Training Sun-Sat 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Internal $55.00 /hr
Academic External $100.00 /hr
Self-use Wed-Thu 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Self-use Tue-Fri 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Self-use Mon-Tue, Fri 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Internal $55.00 /hr
Academic External $100.00 /hr
Overnight pumping-down (staff only) Sun-Sat 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Internal $0.00 /hr
N8 Horizon  
Database Computer 1  
Database Computer 2