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Aussies learning synchrotron skills in Chicago.

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Media Release


15 June 2004

Research scientists Karena Chapman, University of Sydney and Bernt Johannsen, Australian National University are flying to Chicago to learn key operational skills in using a synchrotron.

Australian Government Science Minister Peter McGauran today congratulated the two PhD students who received intern scholarships from the Australian Synchrotron Research Program (ASRP) managed by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

"Both students have received $20,000 to undertake three months training at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) in Chicago. The APS has a fully functional beamline the students will work with to gain essential knowledge on synchrotron

technology," Minister McGauran said.

"This great opportunity allows the students to work on-site at one of the world's leading synchrotron facilities and is part of an important process to build a local skill base for when Australia's synchrotron starts operations in 2007.

"Working with the staff at the APS will provide an invaluable learning environment for the two students to improve their understanding of beamline design and operation.

"Ms Chapman has strong undergraduate training in chemistry and physics and has already undertaken a synchrotron training course in France.

"Mr Johannsen is currently working on research into the production, manipulation and characterisation of nanocrystals and will be able to use the experience at APS to extend his knowledge of synchrotrons to complete his PhD.

"I wish both students well during their internships in Chicago," Minister McGauran concluded.

The ASRP provides Australian researchers with access to state of the art synchrotron research at overseas facilities at the Australian Beamline Facility, the Photo Factory, Tsukuba Science City, Japan and the Advanced Photon Source at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.

Further information: Jodie Naismith (Minister McGauran’s office) 03 9639 3199 or 0419 622 915