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Winners of ANSTO's Neutron and Deuteration Impact Awards show benefit to Australian research priorities

The Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering and National Deuteration Facility have announced the first recipients of the Neutron and Deuteration Impact Awards. 

The competition enabled researchers, who used these landmark facilities over the past three years, to put their wider science communication skills to the test, and to summarise their work and describe its impacts.

“ANSTO wants to capture the wider beneficial impact of research that we support with our suite of instruments and facilities,” said Dr Jamie Schulz, Leader, Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.

ANSTO provided a voucher to each researcher who entered the best submission in each National Science Research Priority area.

User competition winners

(Top row left) Meltem Bayrak (Top row right) Chris Mays' team members Maggie Ann Harvey and Andrew Langendam (Botton row left) Taposh Roy, and Quan Hoi with Ania Paradowska (Bottom row right) Izabela Miłogrodzka and Leonie van ‘t Hag  (Pictured above) Dongxu Li
The recipients were:

  • Transport
    Advanced laser cladding technology for heavy haul rail repairs
    Taposh Roy, Monash University graduate currently at Metro Trains Melbourne, who collected data with the Kowari strain scanner
  • Food
    The influence of protein gel microstructure on digestion under simulated physiological conditions
    Meltem Bayrak, CSIRO and RMIT, who collected data with the Kookaburra ultra-small angle neutron scattering instrument and Quokka small angle neutron scattering instrument
  • Advanced Manufacturing
    Residual stresses of box and I shaped columns fabricated from S960 ultra-high-strength steel
    Dongxu Li, University of Sydney, who collected data with the Kowari strain scanner
  • Health
    Therapeutic peptide encapsulation efficiency and conformation in contrast-matched lipid cubic phases
    Leonie van ‘t Hag, Monash University,  who collected data with the Bilby small angle neutron scattering instrument from samples prepared at the National Deuteration Facility
  • Environmental Change
    Burning back the tree of life – the role of fire in mass extinction events
    Chris Mays, Swedish Museum of Natural History, who collected data with the Dingo neutron imaging instrument
  • Soil and Water
    Understanding the fundamental mechanism behind the corrosion front in acid corroded concrete
    Shima Taheri, Macquarie University, who collected data with the Dingo neutron imaging instrument
  • Energy
    The mechanism of Mg- and Ti- doped LiNi 0.5Mn1.5O4  as a high voltage lithium ion battery electrode; investigation of mechanistic behaviours and working mechanism of new type
    LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 || TiNb2O7 full batteries
    Wei Kong Pang, University of Wollongong -– who collected data with the Wombat High-intensity powder diffractomter and Echidna High-resolution powder diffractometer instruments

“With no entries this year in the resource or cybersecurity categories, we hope our next competition will encourage some of users to enter in these areas,” said Schulz.

“We were really impressed by the standard of entries and sincerely thank everyone who made a submission. Those who were successful will be used as case studies for ANSTO and highlighted on the ANSTO website in consultation with the successful researchers,” he added.

The team of representatives from ANSTO who judged the entries included Prof Garry McIntyre, Dr Rob Acres, Dr Anthony Duff, Susan Bogle and the Australian Neutron Beam Users Group (ANBUG) communications representative Dr Karyn Jarvis of Swinburne University.


FacilitiesNeutron scattering
FacilitiesAustralian Centre for Neutron Scattering
FacilitiesNational Deuteration Facility