Carbon nanotubes have been incorporated into a blend of deuterated biopolymers, allowing for electrical conductivity of the polymer film. These polymers have potential implications as scaffolds supporting regrowth of damaged tissues and electrical conductivity can promote the re-growth of nerve cells on similar materials.
The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering & National Deuteration Facility Advisory Committee, which provides strategic advice, met last week at ANSTO under the guidance of Prof Brendan Kennedy (University of Sydney).
The first paper has been published that utilised materials synthesised by the National Deuteration Facility for a study conducted on the cold neutron time-of-flight spectrometer PELICAN. Replacing hydrogen atoms with deuterium reduced the background from incoherent scattering, allowing the weak inelastic signal from a spin ½ ion to be studied.
Dr Ben Fraser attended the 12th Congress of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology (WFNMB) that was held in Melbourne (20-24 April), to present a poster entitled “[18F]D4-PBR111 - An Improved 2nd Generation Deuterated Radiotracer for Imaging Inflammation”
A large collaboration of scientists have used a powerful new approach to overcome the challenging task of characterising the structure of self-assembling organic molecules on the surface of nanoparticles.
Detergents are commonly used to stabilise membrane proteins in order to study their structures. The Chemical Deuteration Team of the National Deuteration Facility has developed a new method for the synthesis of common detergents that allows for selective deuteration such that they are invisible when studied using small angle neutron scattering, leaving only the signal from the protein of interest.
Rob Russell, Bioanalyst and Biodeuteration Lab Manager within the National Deuteration Facility, has been awarded his PhD in the area of polymer biodeuteration and nanocomposites, from the University of New South Wales.
Under the Memoradum of Understanding between the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC) and ANSTO, Dr Kazuhiro Akutsu has visited the National Deuteration Facility (NDF) to learn about some of the chemical deuteration techniques used at the NDF.
Our 20th proposal round closed last Friday, with 258 proposals across 14 cold- and thermal-neutron instruments, and 32 proposals for Chemical- and Bio-Deuteration at the National Deuteration Facility. Excluding existing approved programs and the mail-in system on ECHIDNA, 1534 beam days have been requested.