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Project Br-ght
Australian Synchrotron

Project BR-GHT

In just 11 years of operation, the Australian Synchrotron has emerged as one of Australia’s most important pieces of landmark scientific infrastructure.

The unique properties of synchrotron light provide researchers and industry with results that are greater in accuracy, clarity, specificity and timeliness than those that could be obtained using conventional laboratory equipment.

The Australian Synchrotron features ten world-class beamlines, covering a broad range of applications including health and biological sciences, earth and environmental sciences, advanced materials, engineering and manufacturing, energy and sustainability science, cultural heritage and archaeology as well as fundamental physics, chemistry and accelerator science.

Such is the value of the facility to Australia’s science and innovation ecosystem, that each of the existing beamlines is oversubscribed. Furthermore, with constant advances in scientific methods, researchers and industry partners require access to a broader suite of techniques than those currently available.

Following the Federal Government’s substantial $520 million contribution to secure the future of the facility to 2027, ANSTO has been working in earnest to secure capital investment for the Australian Synchrotron. This investment will facilitate the design and installation of eight additional beamlines, enabling the facility to meet the needs of Australian researchers and industry partners and continue enabling ground-breaking research well into the future.

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Project Br-ght launch

Prof Andrew Peele, Director of the Australian Synchrotron, Dr Adi Paterson, CEO, ANSTO and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos

To date, ANSTO has received $94.1 million of capital funding from over 20 contributors. This overwhelming support for the Australian Synchrotron is a testament to the value of the research it enables.

However, the job is far from over; we are still seeking additional funding commitments to ensure all eight additional beamlines can be constructed. This document outlines remaining opportunities for investment, and highlights the research and industrial benefits of each of the proposed new beamlines.

We encourage you to consider how an investment could benefit your organisation, and contact us to discuss further.

Micro-Computed Tomography beamline

With enhanced submicron spatial resolution, speed and contrast, the Micro-Computed (MCT) Tomography beamline opens a window on the micron-scale 3D structure of a wide range of samples relevant to many areas of science including life sciences, materials engineering, anthropology, palaeontology and geology.

Medium Energy X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy beamline

The Medium Energy- X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (MEX) beamline will provide medium energy absorption spectroscopy (MEX) on a bending magnet, optimised for cutting-edge applications in biological, agricultural and environmental science in an energy range is not currently available in Australia and New Zealand.

Biological Small Angle X-ray Scattering beamline

The Biological Small Angle X-ray Scattering (BioSAXS) Beamline will be optimised for measuring small angle scattering of proteins and other biological macromolecules. It combines combine a state-of-the-art small angle scattering beamline with specialised on-line protein purification and preparation techniques for high-throughput protein analysis

Advanced Diffraction and Scattering  beamline

The Advanced Diffraction and Scattering (ADS) Beamline will be optimised for a range of leading-edge diffraction and scattering techniques including: studies of mineral formation and recovery under extreme conditions of temperature and pressure; non-destructive detection of cracking, fractures, textures, strains and deformations in large manufactured objects across the energy, automotive, transport, defence and aerospace sectors; maintenance and component failure studies of engineering infrastructure; and studies of corrosion and cracking in aluminium alloys used in aircraft and marine platforms.

Micro Materials Characterisation beamline

The Micro Materials Charatcerisation (MMC) beamline will enable the polycrystallinity, strain, grain orientation, defect structure, migration and organisation of materials  to be measured in 3D at sub-micron scale and will be only the second 3D diffraction facility in the world.

High Performance Macromolecular Crystallography beamline

The High Performance Macromolecular Crystallography (HMX) beamline will enable the study of sub-5 micrometre crystals, providing a state-of-the-art high-throughput facility for researchers to study very small, weakly diffracting crystals of protein fragments and solution studies of protein fragments for virology, drug design and industrial applications.

X-ray Fluorescence Nanoprobe

The X-ray Fluorescence Nanoprobe beamline undertakes high-resolution X-ray microspectroscopy, elemental mapping and coherent diffraction imaging - providing a unique facility capable of spectroscopic and full-fieldimaging at sub-30nm resolution. With a cryogenic sample mount, the system will also provide the ability to probe frozen hydrated biological samples, imaging and identifying cellular substructures.