Access and proposal submission process 

Access to the NDF is merit-based, however in some cases NDF can provide deuterated material at commercial full cost rate. For chemical and biodeuteration of materials for subsequent application in neutron scattering and non-neutron based techniques, calls for applications close in March and September of each year. For proposals involving ANSTO’s neutron-based techniques, applications are submitted via the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering Application Portal.   

Outside the proposal scheme and for some molecules, NDF can provide deuterated materials at commercial full cost, where full cost recovery of materials and labor are involved. Enquiries and quotes can be obtained via

Proposal submission process

It is recommended that scientists contact the relevant NDF staff to discuss their requests for the deuterated materials. NDF can provide help in the proposals’ submission process. Technical feasibility assessment and safety review will be performed by facility staff, prior to scientific review.
For successful proposals, NDF will synthesize and provide the requested deuterated molecules and materials, provide chemical and biological advice and provide the appropriate analyses for the produced deuterated material (e.g., certificate of analysis).
Co-authorship is expected on results published for studies where deuterated materials have been provided using NDF developed protocols.

Proposals for molecular deuteration should be submitted at You can also contact Professor Peter Holden on + 61 (2) 9717 3991 or other NDF staff at any time.