AINSE - Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering

 AINSE Ltd  facilitates access to the national facilities at Lucas Heights by universities and other research institutions and provides a focus for cooperation in the nuclear scientific and engineering fields. AINSE arranges for the training of scientific research studentships in matters associated with nuclear science and engineering.

 Funding opportunities offered by AINSE


Applications for AINSE Honours Scholarships have now CLOSED. Applicants will be advised of the results in late March 2015.

AINSE Research Awards 2015/16 are NOW CLOSED

Applications for 2015 Round 2 are NOW CLOSED

For funding 1st July 2015 - 30th June 2016.

The Chief Investigator must be employed as a researcher at the member organisation. 

AINSE Strategic Directions 2014-8

The AINSE Council has in its recent meeting formally endorsed AINSE’s Strategic Directions 2014-18. This provides the framework for developments which will give AINSE more agility, options and influence in facilitating the delivery of nuclear science and engineering. More information

AINSE Winter School 2015

AINSE Winter School 2015 13th-17th July

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2015 Post Graduate Research Awards NOW CLOSED.

Applications for 2015 Post Graduate Research Awards (application form PGRA-2015) are NOW CLOSED.

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VIDEO - 9th International IsoEcol Conference 2014

IsoEcol 9 2014 was held at The University of Western Australia and brought together an exciting mix of researchers from local, national and international universities, industry and government with interests in the development and application of stable isotope techniques to the ecological sciences. Please view our video from the event.

WNU Nuclear Olympiad 2015

Nuclear Techniques for Global Development - The World Nuclear University (WNU) is pleased to announce that the Nuclear Olympiad 2015 is now open for submissions.

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The AINSE Trust

The purpose of the AINSE Trust, established in 2008, is to provide scholarships and fellowships for Australian students and researchers who are participating in AINSE programs.

You can help by providing a donation to the AINSE Trust. More Information

Research Highlights

Investigation of possible solid state hydride dynamics in a novel digermyne complex



Recent advances have been made in the development of p-block chemistry, including a range digermyne(I) complexes with bulky amide ligands with H2 activation properties both in solid state and solution, and at low temperatures. These complexes are also of interest as potential hydrogenation catalysts. The digermyne dihydride compounds 1 and 2 appear by initial X-ray crystallography studies to show differences in hydride binding around the digermyne core (Figure 1).
The ability of these complexes to uptake hydrogen in the solid state gave rise to the possibility of solid state hydride dynamics occurring around the digermyne core, which are being probed by ongoing VT single crystal neutron diffraction studies using KOALA, with future computational studies of the model in order to examine any hydride dynamics. Preliminary KOALA data on compound 2 at 100 K is indicative of the hydrides being disordered or involved in a fluxional process, which will be further pursued in 2014.
This project is a collaborative effort between the research group of Prof Cameron Jones at Monash University who prepared the compounds and identified these interesting properties, Bragg institute scientists Dr Alison Edwards and Prof Don Kearley and University of Tasmania research group of A/Prof Michael Gardiner, with PhD student Catriona Vanston undertaking the neutron experiments and analysis.
(a) Li, J.; Schenk, C.; Goedecke, C.; Frenking, G.; Jones, C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 18622– 18625; (b) Hadlington, T. J., Hermann, M., Li, J., Frenking, G. and Jones, C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 1 – 6


Upcoming Events


AINSE WINTER SCHOOL 2015 - Monday 13th July - Friday 17th July 2015




2nd Asia Oceania Conference on Neutron Scattering
19-23 July 2015
Novotel Manly / Sydney Australia