11.11.2016

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)

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

The SPATZ team, who will assemble the instrument, stand near the three shipping containers of components (Photo: ANSTO).

The SPATZ team, who will assemble the instrument, stand near the three shipping containers of components (Photo: ANSTO).

Rendering of the SPATZ neutron reflectometer (Image: ANSTO).

Rendering of the SPATZ neutron reflectometer (Image: 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. ANSTO is located near Sydney, operating a synchrotron source as well as other infrastructures including the OPAL research reactor and Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS). ANSTO is also active in the field of accelerator research, one in which HZB has likewise attained an international reputation.

ANSTO took over the BioRef-Reflektometer for conducting research on soft matter and solid-state/liquid interfaces from BER II. It will be available to the user community beginning 2018 under the name “Spatz” (German for “sparrow”).Traditionally, the instruments at ACNS are named after animal names of the Australian fauna.

Meanwhile three shipping containers arrived safely after a two-month journey. Approximately 257 components were well packed in 43 wooden crates for the sea voyage from Hamburg to Port Botany, Australia. The container ship stopped at seven ports and covered a distance of about 11.800 nautic miles.

Read more about the transport and the reconstruction in the detailed ANSTO report.

Besides, HZB is very proud to enhance 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.

Further Information:

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
Detailed information about the BioRef-Reflektometer
Australia's largest University Monash University