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Joint AIP, RACI, RSNSW, and ANSTO Event: June 2024

Electrifying Discoveries image“Electrifying discoveries: using particle accelerators to research air pollution, radiobiology, and electronic chips that go into space”

Professor David Cohen FTSE FAIP

Distinguished Research Scientist
Centre for Accelerator Science, ANSTO

Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2024, 7.00–8.00 pm AEST
Venue: Hybrid—Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) at ANSTO, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights NSW, and live streaming
Registration: Registration through Eventbrite is required.
Entry: No charge
Enquiries: By email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to 02 9717 3090 charge
All are welcome

Registration options for this event include:

  • An optional tour of ANSTO's Centre for Accelerator Science(5.30–6.30 pm)
  • Post-event dinner ($60 pp at the Rock Salt, Menai from 8.30 pm) — RSVP for dinner bookings is required by 14 June 2024.

A joint presentation by the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), the Royal Society of NSW (RSNSW), and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation(ANSTO).

Summary:  Get up to speed with the amazing technology and research at the Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS) at ANSTO. With four powerful accelerators, this world-class facility can accelerate ions from hydrogen to uranium at speeds up to 30,000 km per second. The interactions of these ions with a range of different samples allow for studies in accelerator mass spectrometry and ion beam analysis to be performed, allowing for impactful applications in areas such as fine particle air pollution, microdosimetry of biological cells, and the irradiation of electron chips bound for space.

Professor David CohenDavid Cohen has over 260 refereed journal publications and over 500 conference and report presentations. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the accelerator science field with a strong research background in materials science, environmental studies and life sciences. He has been an international expert in ion beam analysis and accelerator systems for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a UN body based in Vienna, since 1991.

Professor Cohen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand, and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Wollongong. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) for his sustained contributions to Australian research.

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