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Deuteration of biopolymers in bionanocomposites 02/07/2018

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.

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ACNS & NDF Advisory Committee Meets 15/06/2018

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).

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Government response to 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap 21/05/2018

Last week the Australian Federal Government released their response to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap which outlines Australia's research infrastructure requirements over the coming decade.

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First publication from PELICAN and National Deuteration Facility 15/05/2018

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. 

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Deuteration impacting the world of nuclear medicine 23/04/2018

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


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Powerful combination of deuteration and neutron scattering used to characterise structure of molecules on surface of nanoparticles 10/04/2018

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.


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Invisible deuterated detergents for studying structures of membrane proteins 19/03/2018

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.

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Congratulations to Dr Robert Russell 24/01/2018

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.

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ANSTO’s National Deuteration Facility helping with the establishment of the Japanese Chemical Deuteration Facility 20/10/2017

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.


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20th ACNS/NDF proposal round closed last Friday 18/09/2017

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.

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