The ANBUG AGM was held as part of the 2021 ANSTO User meeting on the 26th November 2021. If you would like a link to the video recording on the Zoom meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility (MLF) of J-PARC is pleased to announce a call for Long-Term Proposals with beamtime allocations starting from 2022B term.
They are calling for Long-Term Proposals which have clear long-term strategy for research and development and hold the expectation of yielding outstanding results. The validity period is up to 3 years (or 6 proposal rounds); a yearly period of the Long-Term Proposals starts in the B term and ends in the following A term.
Initial Application: From Friday 10th December 2021 – Tuesday 11th January 2022
Final Application: From Tuesday 18th January – Monday 28th February 2022
Any final applications will not be accepted unless the initial application of the proposal has been submitted.
More information can be found at: https://mlfinfo.jp/en/user/proposals/2022L/LTP_application_guidelines.html
At the 2021 ANSTO user meeting, the annual ANBUG award winners were announced. The awards went to:
Career Award – A/Prof Trevor Finlayson, University of Melbourne
For his contributions to new technology and instruments, mentoring. Worked in diffraction and spectroscopy, so across a wide range of instruments. He works in condensed matter physics, shape memory alloys, Sm-Co-based magnets, superconductivity, ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, stresses in engineering materials
Neutron Award – Prof. Elliot Gilbert, ANSTO
For developing the new research program Neutrons & Food. This is recognised in Australasia & worldwide. Also significant contributions through his leadership role in designing, construction and commissioning of Quokka & Outreach.
Young Scientist – Dr. Leonie van t’Hag, Monash University
Dr van ‘t Hag developed a new neutron scattering method that enabled studying the location and conformation of membrane proteins in lipid self-assembly materials of mixed composition. Recently, this was used to optimize the encapsulation and delivery of antimicrobial and viral peptides.
Technical Award – Dr. Norman Booth, ANSTO
Since starting as a Sample Environment Officer at ACNS (formerly Bragg Institute) in 2011 Norman has had two main goals: develop outstanding equipment and providing outstanding support to the facility users. Both goals have been achieved with innumerable examples. The multipurpose chamber for gas and vapour measurements, the simultaneous optical and neutron measurements, like for example simultaneous SANS/DWS experiments devised with colleagues from Auckland University or the near infrared spectroscopy and powder diffraction for planetology research.
PhD Award – Dr. Geman Liang, Univerisity of Wollongong
Gemeng obtained his PhD degree at the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong, in May 2021. During PhD study, he successfully developed a series of novel high-voltage spinel cathode materials for the next-generation high-energy-density LIBs, advancing the understanding of both performance and mechanistic behaviour of electrode materials with a clear picture. His PhD thesis combines the powerful neutron powder diffraction technique with other cutting edging characterization methods to establish comprehensive and systematic structure/chemistry/function relationships of spinel materials during battery functioning, and is granted with the award of the Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding Thesis. Both two reviewers are deeply impressed by the broadness and depth of his PhD research and recommend special commendation.
ANBUG congratulates all of the winners!
Our 2021 will be held at 8.30 am AEDT on Friday 26th 2021. If you would like to attend, please use the Zoom link below.
Please click this URL to start or join. https://monash.zoom.us/j/86504438560?pwd=WUMrbWU5enlkb3VNZ1FRWnZZZTdzQT09
The 5th Neutron and Muon School will be held online between Dec. 6 – Dec. 9, 2021.
The School provides training for newcomers to neutron and muon beam research from across the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science and more. In addition to lectures, practical sessions are included with online hands-on training on some selected techniques.
Date: 6th December – 9th December, 2021
Venue: Online/J-PARC(Tokai, Ibaraki, Japan)
Eligibility: Graduate students, Postdoctoral fellows and Early career researchers from both universities and companies who want to learn about neutron and muon science are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline : 20th October, 2021
Registration fee: Free
Information can be found at: https://mlfinfo.jp/sp/school/5th-nms/about.html
The International Conference on Neutron Scattering 2022 (ICNS 2022) will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from August 21 to 25, 2022.
ICNS2022 will be the 12 th conference in a series held every four years starting in 1982 including most recently ICNS 2009 in Knoxville, USA, ICNS 2013 in Edinburgh, UK, and ICNS 2017 in Daejeon, Korea. The ICNS 2022 will be the largest international platform for sharing and exchanging the latest exciting advances in neutron scattering science, including a broad range of topics
The conference states that “we understand that life is uncertain right now due to the COVID 19 pandemic, but we hope that everything could go back to some kind of normality
next year, and we are planning accordingly. While we remain optimistic that an in person ICNS 2022 will take place, a preparation for some degree of virtuality is also under consideration depending on the evolution of the worldwide situation, we may have to make critical decisions in the next few months, which may have implications on the
format of ICNS 2022″.
Scientific Program Topics:
-Biology and Biological Interfaces
-Condensed Matter Physics
-Magnetism and Thin Films
-Solid State Chemistry
-Energy and Engineering Materials
-Cultural Heritage and Archaeometry
-Neutron Sources and Facilities
Thanks to those that attended the ANBUG proposal writing seminar on Tuesday 24th of August. If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, it will be available through the link below!
On the 24th of August, from 11 am – 12.30 pm, ANBUG will be hosting an ACNS proposal writing seminar. We will have 4 speakers:
– Therese Donlevy, from the ANSTO user office, will outlining the anonymised trial and new portal
– Karyn Wilde, from ANSTO NDT, to discuss deuteration proposals
– Dr. Katy Wood, from ANSTO ACNS, will give general proposal tips
– Prof. Bruce Gaulin, from McMaster University and a member of the PAC, will give proposal tips from a hard-matter perspective
There will also be time for Q & A from the audience. To register, please visit https://forms.gle/CDJDZzPfQ5qFeoad9. The webinar link will be emailed to registered attendees prior to the event.
The Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association (AONSA) is calling for nominations for their Young Research Fellowship Program, to help young researchers (within 8 years of PhD completion) to help them to develop their expertise and career in neutron science and technology. The Program will provide financial support for Fellows to visit major neutron facilities in the region for collaborative research using neutrons. More information can be found at: http://aonsa.org/aonsa-young-research-fellowship/
Scientists at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), in collaboration with the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), the Institut de Biologie Structurale (IBS), using deuterated lipids from ANSTO, have published new data on how the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein interacts with mammalian lung cell membranes allowing the viral RNA to enter human cells. The purpose of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is relatively well understood. The glycoprotein is responsible for the fusion event that allows the virus to enter human cells and cause infection and, for this reason, it has been the focus for most COVID-19 vaccines.