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 2016 are NOW CLOSED

Applications for 2016 Round 1 are NOW CLOSED

For funding 1st January 2016 - 31st December 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

2015 Post Graduate Research Awards NOW CLOSED.

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

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: Light element doped carbon nanostructures

Carbon (sp2) nanostructures including graphene, carbon nanotubes (CNT) and amorphous carbon are increasingly considered as potential building blocks for new generation molecular and nanoengineered electronic devices. These C-nanostructures possess unique electronic structures and exhibit physico-chemical properties different to those of bulk graphite arising from point defects and interstitials and were demonstrated to show field emission behaviour, magneto-resistive phenomena, magneto-thermocaloric  and anomalous Hall effects as well as ferro- and ferri-magnetism with potential application as  spintronics based fast switching valves, field emission displays, and gas and biomolecular sensors.
This project explores fabrication of light element doped graphitic nanostructured arrays embedded within polymeric medium by synthesis of specifically doped precursor-polymers together with reactive ion beam irradiation of the crosslinked polymer, a technique which separates chemical doping and synthesis from nanostructuring fabrication.  Boron doping of precursor solutions of polymer monomers leads to its incorporation in sp2 C-clusters of diameter 3-5 nm formed within nanochannels. The presence of B during the ion induced thermal transformations enhanced N substitution originating from the primary imide ring of polyimide into the C-clusters.  X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy  confirmed  B substitution in the C rings and N substitution in three bonding configurations as well as the formation of B-N bonds [Figure]. Additionally Raman spectra showed a high degree of disorder and the presence of C„kN within these C-clusters as well as the graphene nature of the C-clusters.  Such substitutional doping of the C-nanostructures allows tuning of the electronic structure to provide a range of potential semiconducting and magnetic device responses. This work is being carried out by Prof. David Mainwaring and Dr, Pandiyan Murugaraj (SUT) with Dr. Rainer Siegele (ANSTO).



XPS spectra of 0.75 B-doped polyimide films, (a), (b) and (c) deconvoluted C1s, N1s and B1s signals from  unirradiated polyimide; (d), (e) and (f) deconvoluted C1s, N1s and B1s signals from irradiated films indicating doped grapheme nanostructures.




18 - 21 October 2015, AINSE, Lucas Heights 


The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering will award up to $1000 towards travel and accommodation expenses to the student from an AINSE member organisation that submitted the best one page description for an experiment. The award will be judged by a panel appointed by the Australian Synchrotron and is to support collaborative or preparatory meetings; time on the relevant platforms must be secured through the usual mechanisms.

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