Synchrotron raises $80m for expansion, needs $34m more

The Australian  |  Wednesday 13 September 2017

Daniel Hausermann, principal scientist, imaging and medical beamline at The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton. Picture: David Geraghty

Daniel Hausermann, principal scientist, imaging and medical beamline at The Australian Synchrotron in Clayton. Picture: David Geraghty

The queue to use Australia’s synchrotron may get a bit shorter and scientists will no longer have to go overseas for some projects.

The Melbourne-based facility, which reveals the mysteries of matter with its intensely bright beamlines and offers myriad applications for science and industry, has raised $80.2 million for a long-needed expansion.

“We’re very oversubscribed on the existing 10 beamlines,” said synchrotron director Andrew Peele, professor of physics at La Trobe University.

“And over time, the types of techniques that you employ at a facility like the synchrotron evolve, and so there are capability gaps where researchers in Australia are having to go overseas.

“So what we’re doing with this expansion is alleviating demand and plugging capability gaps.”