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Lester Barnsley

Lester Barnsley
Lester Barnsley
Beamline Scientist - BioSAXS

Role at ANSTO

Dr Lester Barnsley is a beamline scientist for the BioSAXS beamline to be built as part of the BRIGHT project at the Australian Synchrotron. He currently assists with the design of the beamline and will help with the commissioning of the beamline and supporting user experiments once the beamline is active.

His research interests are in studying the self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. Previously, he was instrument scientist on the KWS-1 small-angle neutron scattering instrument, operated by the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) at Heinz Maier-Liebnitz Zentrum (MLZ) in Garching, Germany. Prior to that, he was a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Oxford, and Junior Research Fellow at Kellogg College, working on magnet array design for biomedical applications.


Small-angle scattering, magnetic nanoparticles, magnetic drug-delivery, magnetic field sources 

Qualifications & Achievements

  • Instrument Scientist for Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (Jülich Centre for Neutron Science at Heinz Maier-Liebnitz Zentrum, 2017-2020)
  • Junior Research Fellowship (Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 2015-2017)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant (University of Oxford, 2014-2017)
  • PhD in Physics (Griffith University, 2012)
  • First class Honours in Photonics and Nanoscience (Griffith University, 2006)