HZB and ANSTO have extended their Memorandum of Understanding

ANSTO: Adi Paterson and Simone Richter, HZB: Prof Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla and Thomas Frederking. Credit: ANSTO

Advancing energy materials research together

The heads of the HZB and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) recently have considerably extended the Memorandum of Understanding existing between the two institutions since 2015. They intend to further enhance their cooperation particularly in the area of energy materials research.

The memorandum comprises agreements on the exchange of personnel, advanced training, and reciprocal access to instruments located at the large-scale facilities of ANSTO and the HZB. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) research hub is located near Sydney, operating a synchrotron source as well as other infrastructures including the OPAL research reactor and Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering. ANSTO will be taking over the BioRef-Reflektometer for conducting research on soft matter and solid-state/liquid interfaces from BER II, the Berlin-based neutron source that will be shut down at the end of 2019. It will be available to the user community beginning 2018 under the name “Spatz” (German for “sparrow”). ANSTO is also active in the field of accelerator research, one in which HZB has likewise attained an international reputation.

Moreover, HZB has enhanced its collaboration with other leading Australian institutions. In summer 2016, Monash University appointed three HZB scientists from the field of energy materials research as adjunct professors.

More Information on ANSTO: http://www.ansto.gov.au