Ion Beam Analysis 

Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) is used to determine what elements are present in biological, geological and man-made materials. It is a fast, sensitive and non-destructive way of establishing how atoms are distributed throughout a sample. 

 This video presentation demonstrates Ion Beam Analysis


The IBA group, within ANSTO's Accelerator Science Project, apply accelerator-based techniques across a range of issues. 

Some recent research includes monitoring ambient air pollution at sites across Australia and Asia known as the aerosol sampling program (ASP), determining heavy metal pollutants in biological systems, studying the composition of archaeological artifacts and soil specimens, analysing thin films for photovoltaic (solar cell) applications, and probing materials engineering problems such as corrosion and coating delamination.


Partners and collaborators

The IBA facilities are offered to 37 universities through AINSE and members of the group are involved in significant research projects that impact Australia and the wider global community.

The IBA has partnerships with several environmental protection agencies, the Australian Coal Association, private industry, the CSIRO and International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (IAEA), among others.

Team members 

Armand Atanacio, David Cohen, Peter Drewer, David Garton, Mihail Ionescu, Rainer Siegele, Ed Stelcer and Craig Thompson.


Professor Mihail Ionescu
Task Leader, Ion Beam Analysis
Phone: +61 2 9717 3301