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.
The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering & National Deuteration Facility Advisory Committee, which provides strategic advice, met last week at ANSTO under the chairmanship of Prof. Anton Middelberg (University of Adelaide).
The 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap which outlines Australia's research infrastructure requirements over the coming decade has been released today by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
Our 19th proposal round closed last night, with 218 proposals across 14 cold- and thermal-neutron instruments, and 35 proposals for Chemical- and Bio-Deuteration at the National Deuteration Facility. Excluding existing approved programs and the mail-in system on ECHIDNA, 1214 beam days have been requested.
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 has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding with the renowned large-scale German research organisation, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) that further advances a program of collaborative scientific research on energy materials.