Australia’s state-of-the-art multi-purpose nuclear reactor has operated for more than 300 days at full power for a second consecutive year with over 99% reliability.
2016 has been a very productive transitional first year for the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS), formerly part of the Bragg Institute. As of 31 December 2016, ACNS staff have published a total of 174 refereed journal articles in 2016, and gave a total of 35 invited talks at major national and international conferences. Industrial research and engagement continues to increase with 45% of merit-based proposals identifying a specific industrial relevance.
The Program Advisory Committee, chaired by A/Prof Tracy Rushmer (Macquarie University), met in late November to assess the scientific merit of beam-time and deuteration proposals submitted for time between January and June 2017. 181 cold- and thermal-neutron proposals (along with 12 proposals to the National Deuteration Facility) were recommended for approval.
ANSTO is representing Australia in an international research project that will use isotopic and nuclear techniques to study coastal pollution at a number of global sites in developing and developed countries.
Nuclear techniques were used to evaluate optimal diets and feeding regimes for the production of the Pacific Oyster in hatcheries has been confirmed in collaboration with environmental researchers at ANSTO, UNSW and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI).
A draft of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap has been released and is available for stakeholder feedback before a final of the Roadmap is presented to Government.
The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) has awarded a Gold Medal for excellence in research to Dr Emily Reynolds and posthumously to the late Professor George Collins.
The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) is to receive funding through the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
ANSTO researchers have a strong presence at the Australian Quaternary Association AQUA Biennial Conference being held from 5-9 December in Auckland NZ.
A new technique, developed at ANSTO’s Centre for Accelerator Science, has made it possible to produce some of the first reliable radiocarbon dates for Australian rock art.