Aus scientists to develop $500m project in Mexico


Thursday, 06 December, 2018


Aus scientists to develop $500m project in Mexico

Two Australian scientists have been appointed to assist with the development of a $500 million-dollar synchrotron facility in Mexico.

The Mexican facility is being developed into one of the world’s leading research centres — able to respond to worldwide epidemics and global health threats like swine flu.

The scientists who have been appointed to the Strategic and International Scientific Advisory Council (SISAC), and who will join four international scientists, are: Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) Professor Andrew Peele, Director of the Australian Synchrotron; and International consultant and RMIT University senior research fellow, Dr Victor Del Rio.

Professor Peele said he is readily anticipating his new role on the SISAC board, and furthering relationships between the Australian and Mexican scientific communities.

“This Aussie scientist double-act is acknowledgement of the important role Australia plays in the scientific world, and the depth of the scientific community here in Australia,” Professor Peele said.

The synchrotron will act as a super microscope that allows researchers to analyse material at both the atomic and molecular levels, and has been used in almost every scientific breakthrough.

It will be one of the first of ‘new breed’ facilities, featuring innovative technology with an order of magnitude in power improvements over existing synchrotron facilities.

Examples of the applications of synchrotron science include developing new cancer treatments, reducing deaths in premature babies, assisting the mining industry and authenticating paintings.

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