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Expertise in the characterisation of nanomaterials using synchrotron techniques, specifically developing in-situ capabilities to probe atomic-structure under real-life operating conditions

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Competitive advantage

  • Direct access to atomic-scale structural information that enables future design strategies for property enhancement for virtually any nanoscale material of defence interest


  • Atomic-scale structural information of defence materials under real-life operational conditions
  • Structural insights enable the development of new materials with emergent and enhanced properties, irrespective of defence application

Successful applications

  • Atomic-scale structural transformations monitored to 900 ยบC
  • Observation of electrochemically induced atomic-structure under a large operational voltage range
  • Structural changes during deposition techniques, such as chemical vapor deposition and atomic layer deposition
  • Structural observations of materials under tensile strain

Capabilities and facilities

  • Regular access to worldwide synchrotron facilities
  • In-house analysis and modelling capability

Our partners

  • Air Force Research Laboratory (US)
  • Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (US)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (US)
  • The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)