La Trobe University is home to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS) which is committed to solving global problems and improving the welfare of human societies.

It also encompasses the Centre for Materials and Surface Science (CMSS) which brings together experts from physics, chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering, and offers world class capabilities in nanocharacterization focused on the surface science, analysis, imaging and synchrotron domains. CMSS through La Trobe University is a partner in the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and a foundation investor in the Australian Synchrotron.

CMSS operates open access analytical facilities hosting world class surface analysis and X-ray tomography instrumentation. CMSS analytical specialists have worked with more than 50 Australian and international companies over 15 years, providing high quality surface analytical and X-ray imaging services. In addition, a range of opportunities are available for R&D projects and extended research engagements.