Ion Beam Analysis 

Ion Beam Analysis (IBA) involves a range of sample characterisation methods and capabilities, employing many different ions, ion energies and ion currents, all of which can be provided by ANSTO’s current accelerator systems.



Accelerator-based IBA techniques and capabilities can be applied 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.A range of ASP publications are available online.

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.

Australian and international researchers and industry can request access to IBA facilities through ANSTO's Research Portal for users. 


Team members 

Armand Atanacio, David CohenDavid Garton, Mihail Ionescu, Madhura ManoharRainer Siegele, and Craig Thompson.


Professor David Cohen
Phone: +61 2 9717 3042