Australian Government

AUS$7.7m in research grants welcomed

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Source: Australian Government

ANSTO* has welcomed the recent announcement of nine scientific research grants worth $7.7 million from the
Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for the work it is
involved in.

The most significant grant - at $1.8 million - was from the NHMRC to a team led by the University of Queensland with
whom ANSTO's Dr Suzanne Smith is investigating the toxicology of nanomaterials, a subject currently under public
scrutiny. This research will help scientists understand the effects of nanoparticles once released into the surrounding
environment.

ANSTO’s Acting Chief of Research, Professor Rob Robinson, said the grants were significant and recognised the
importance of the scientific work conducted at ANSTO.

“The ARC is the primary source of competitive grants for Australian universities, and ANSTO researchers participate in
ARC Discovery and Linkage projects as partner investigators, brought into the projects by the university teams for their
expertise and access to ANSTO’s capabilities,” he said.

“The projects awarded ARC funding in which ANSTO participates will be led by the University of Sydney (three grants),
the University of New South Wales (two grants), the University of Western Australia, the Australian National University
and the University of Wollongong.

“The scientific areas the grants will cover range from structural biology through to climate change,” he said.

“In addition, two further successful ARC grants, totalling $1.2 million, involve Australian Institute for Nuclear Science
and Engineering (AINSE) research fellows based at the University of Wollongong and University of Melbourne, where
the OPAL reactor will be a strong factor in their research programs.'

Over the next three to five years, the ARC-funded project teams will investigate:
• Nanostructure in lead-containing piezoceramics - the key to improved and environmentally-friendly materials
• High performance ceramic-based thermoelectric materials for power generation
• Memory effects in magnetic metals using layered nanopatterns
• Molecular mechanisms of two-component signal transduction in bacteria
• Microprobe and nanoprobe studies on intracellular disease processes and their treatment
• Frustrated magnets: a new platform for multiferroic materials
• Industries of Angkor: material production and the decline of the Khmer Empire (11th to 15th centuries)
• Environmental change in Northern Cenozoic Australia.

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