2022 ANSTO-HZB Neutron School

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) are pleased to announce another instalment of the ANSTO – HZB Neutron School to be held in 2022. This follows the first successful joint school in 2019 and the long tradition of neutron schools being held in Berlin.

The aim of the school is to provide a broad overview of new scattering theory and applications to demonstrate the utility of neutron scattering science. The course will consist of lectures and practicals using the neutron beam instruments at the OPAL Multipurpose Reactor. Subjects covered include basic theory, instrumentation, small-angle scattering, reflectometry, deuteration, crystallography and diffraction, imaging, residual stress and strain scanning, inelastic scattering, quasi-elastic scattering, and polarised neutrons. There will also be a demonstration of sample environment equipment and a tutorial on writing proposals. Students will have the opportunity to present their work to fellow participants and ANSTO and HZB staff in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the school poster session.      

The school is particularly suited to those who are new to neutron scattering and is aimed at students (Honours, Masters, PhD) and early career researchers.

For more information: https://www.ansto.gov.au/whats-on/ansto-hzb-neutron-school-2022

J-PARC Proposal Round

J-PARC Center is pleased to announce that they will be accepting General Use Proposals (Short-term and One-year) applications in the 2022B proposal round from Monday, April 18 until Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 17:00 (Japan Time).

The full details of the Call will be available soon at: https://mlfinfo.jp/en/user/proposals/2022B/

–Planned experiment period:
  Short-term proposals: from November 2022-March 2023
  One-year proposals: from November 2022-June 2023
— Beam power: 700kW.
— Graduate students (doctor’s course, master’s course) are eligible to apply.

International Conference on Neutron Scattering (ICNS 2022) – Buenos Aires August 2022

The deadline for ICNS 2022 is rapidly approaching, on February 14th 2022! . More information can be found at: https://icns2022.org/. ICNS 2022 will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from the 21st to the 25th of August 2022.

Topics at the conference will include:

•Soft Matter
•Biology and Biological Interfaces
•Condensed Matter Physics
•Magnetism and Thin Films
•Solid State Chemistry
•Life Sciences
•Energy and Engineering Materials
•Functional Materials
•Industrial Applications
•Cultural Heritage and Archaeometry
•Neutron Physics
•Neutron Sources and Facilities

ANBUG AGM Recording

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 secretary@anbug.net.

Call for 2022 J-PARC Materials and Life Science Experimental Facility Long Term Proposals

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

2021 ANBUG Award Winners

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!