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

AINSE 2016 Honours Scholarships - NOW OPEN

Applications for AINSE Honours Scholarships are now open. Closing date for applications is 15 February 2016

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 2016

AINSE Winter School 2016 - Nominations Now Open

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Post Graduate Research Awards - NOW OPEN

Applications for 2016 Post Graduate Research Awards - NOW OPEN. More Information

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.

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A simplified way to produce new class of molecules with potential application for preparation of nanomaterials

A PhD student carrying out research at ANSTO has discovered a simplified way to make a unique class of molecules that has the potential to shift the way in which new nanomaterials are prepared.The research has produced two scientific papers for prestigious chemistry journals.The potential applications of these materials are diverse and include synthetic skin, molecular magnets and high-capacity memory storage devices. Daniel D’Alessio made the serendipitous discovery while working in collaboration with ANSTO LifeSciences on the development of radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosing and treating metastatic cancer. He received a postgraduate research award from the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) for the project. Specifically, D’Alessio examined the suitability of calixarenes functionalised with tetrazoles as potential new ligands for gallium-68 in PET cancer imaging and lutetium-177, which is used in cancer therapeutics. One of D’Alessio’s first tasks in developing a new radiopharmaceutical was to radiolabel his calixarene ligands with gallium-68, but in attempting to do this, he discovered a completely new way of making very large cluster compounds.

In terms of size, these molecules sit somewhere between proteins and antibodies. The ‘bottlebrush’ cluster (pictured above), as it has been named, has 19 dysprosium atoms at its core and a molecular weight of over 16,000 Daltons (Da). The discovery was reported in the prestigious Journal of The American Chemical Society in 2014. D’Alessio was supervised by Dr. Max Massi and Prof. Mark Ogden of Curtin University and Dr Ben Fraser of ANSTO Life Sciences. “We are excited about the new research directions this discovery has opened up. The next step is to further develop ideas into even more general methods to produce clusters with diverse structures and practical applications,” said Fraser.Althought the calixerene ligands proved ultimately to be unsuitable as radiolabelling molecules, follow up work including photophysics and molecular structure characterisation by D’Alessio has shown ligands with two tetrazoles are much better for making large cluster compounds than ligands with four tetrazoles. The work is continung at Curtin University with the goal of developing a range of ligands which will enable scientists to control over the size, shape and function of the cluster compound produced.

Article courtesy of Susan Bogle, ANSTO




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16th February 2016 - 12pm - 1pm

Heather Haines – Griffith University - "Using Tree-Rings to Reconstruct Rainfall in the Australian Subtropics: A multi-technique approach"

Mitchell Klenner – Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University - "Designing PET-Optical Multimodal Agents”


30th Australian Colloid and Surface Science Student Conference, 1-4 February 2016, Kioloa Coastal Campus, NSW

Australasian Soft Matter Scattering Workshop ASMS2016, 11-12 February 2016, RMIT University, City Campus, Melbourne

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Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2016, 26 - 30 June 2016 - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide