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

AINSE Early Career Researcher Talks - 14th April 2015

AINSE hosted another successful set of early career researcher talks from AINSE PGRA students, opening many cross discipline discussions between presenters and attendees.



Presenters: Tiago Freire, Emily Reynolds, Jimena Samper-Villarreal with Dr Paul Di Pietro, Managing Director, AINSE

Mud and magnetism provides insights into materials and environment
Three young researchers with a passion for physics but different scientific disciplines shared highlights of their work on 14 April 2015. The speakers are recipients of AINSE Post Graduate Research Awards.
PhD candidate, Tiago Freire of Southern Cross University presented an overview of the latest techniques used to resolve the binding and leaching properties of modified bauxite refinery residue (MBRR), known as red mud or red sludge. This solid waste is produced at a rate of 120 million tonnes a year in the refining of aluminium and is treated by a variety of neutralising methods, including seawater and acid-treatment, to reduce its hazardous properties. 
It is a very complex material composed of a wide range of elements and a minimum of 20 mineral phases.  A high percentage of MBRRs appear amorphous under conventional techniques, making it difficult to attribute bulk properties to the component minerals.  Freire said nuclear techniques can provide much higher resolution and information at the atomic scale.  By combining conventional and nuclear techniques, we can gain a greater understanding of the physical and chemical structures of MBRRs and mechanistic information about how metals bind to these materials. Understanding the properties of these poly-mineralic systems and how they interact with contaminants will facilitate environmental remediation and potential re-use.
Another PhD candidate Emily Reynolds from the University of Sydney has been studying the magnetism and structure of a new material, strontium ruthenium technetium oxide, a perovskite.  Although the chemical compound was known it had not been synthesised, according to Gordon Thorogood, who noted the unusual combination of ferromagnetic (ruthenium) and antiferromagnetic (technetium) elements. “Emily will be providing significant insight into the magnetic ordering of this material using the Wombat instrument,” said Thorogood.  She elucidated that ruthenium and technetium occupy different positions which may result in a variation of the octahedral tilt.  Perovskite materials are of great interest to industry because of their range of properties.
Jimena Samper-Villarreal, who is originally from Costa Rica and has previously worked on vegetated coastal habitats and coastal management, is now undertaking research on seagrasses in Moreton Bay, Queensland to complete her PhD.  One of the reasons why seagrasses are of interest is because they can store carbon in their living tissue and in associated sediments.
Samper-Villarreal said Moreton Bay was selected as a site because of it being highly variable in environmental and seagrass parameters. She was interested in analysing the carbon content in seagrass meadows to determine if spatial variability in carbon storage was explained by factors including structural complexity, water turbidity, water depth, and wave height.  Another part of the research focused on determining if seasonal and historical variability of carbon storage in these meadows.  The historical analysis was done at the Environmental Radioactivity Measurement Centre. (Article courtesy of Susan Bogle, Government International and External Relations, ANSTO).

Upcoming Events

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

AINSE is offering a prestigious scholarship to all senior undergraduate students from AINSE member universities and institutions.


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