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Australian Synchrotron: Delivering real life benefits

Professor Andrew Peele, Director, Australian Synchrotron, ANSTO


The Australian Synchrotron is one of the most significant investments in scientific infrastructure in the nations’ history. Operational now for over a decade the facility has over 6,000 registered research users and has supported thousands of experiments. Research performed at the facility has delivered benefits to our economy and the way we live ranging from world-leading results in: medical and life sciences, including key insights into diseases such as malaria and diabetes; advanced materials and engineering, including lightweight polymers and composites; and earth and environmental sciences including hydrogen storage materials and reduced CO2 emissions in cement manufacture.

Professor Peele will provide an overview of this extraordinary facility as well as examples of how the characterisation and optimisation of composite materials plays an important role in many of the areas that Synchrotron research.


Andrew Peele is the Director of the Australian Synchrotron at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics at La Trobe University and president of the Australian Institute of Physics. Andrew’s research improves the versatility and quality of x-ray imaging, including new methods in high-resolution and three-dimensional imaging of structured materials ranging from cells to advanced materials such as composites. As Director of the Australian Synchrotron Andrew has led the BRIGHT program, an initiative which, to date, has raised over $80 million in contributions to build new beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron.