The User Advisory Committee (UAC) is an independent group that provides advice to the Australian Synchrotron Director on issues from a user perspective.

The role of the UAC is to:

  • represent Australian Synchrotron user interests to Australian Synchrotron management
  • provide advice and feedback on the operation and development of the synchrotron and beamlines
  • assist the Australian Synchrotron in providing feedback to users about synchrotron-related issues
  • give feedback on Australian Synchrotron processes involving users, such as the proposal process and induction procedures.

The UAC has seven elected members, along with the seven Program Advisory Committee Chairs. The members cover a broad national and regional spread together with diverse discipline mix related to the major branches of synchrotron science, and will represent the interests of the wide synchrotron user community in Australia.

Your UAC representatives are listed below.

Click here for UAC terms of reference and meeting minutes.

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Dr Anthony Chesman


Anthony Chesman obtained his PhD from Monash University in 2010, for his work on the synthesis and magnetic properties of 3d/4f high nuclearity complexes and ionic liquids. Anthony joined CSIRO in 2011 as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow, investigating the use of non-toxic and earth abundant nanoparticles in the fabrication of solution processed solar cells, and is now continuing this work as the recipient of an ARC DECRA Fellowship. In 2014 Anthony became the Team Leader of the Nanomaterials and Devices Team in the Industrial Innovation Program of the Manufacturing Flagship. Anthony has extensive experience on the PD and MX beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron, and has also previously been a user of the Koala beamline (Laue Diffractometer) at ANSTO.



Dr Kevin Jack (Past Chair)

University of Queensland



Dr Chris Garvey


Chris Garvey is a research scientist working within ANSTO's Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.  In his role on the UAC he hopes to clearly articulate the concerns from the many areas of science that form the user community.  His involvement at the boundaries of disciplinary science is reflected by his membership of the Australian Society for Biophysics, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s Polymer Division and the NSW committee of the Australian Institute of Physics.  As well as his interest in small angle scattering techniques he has a broader interest in soft condensed matter physics particularly at the interface between biology and materials science. He mainly utilizes the SAXS/WAXS, powder diffraction and IR beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron. Chris’ synchrotron experience also extends to beamlines at the APS, ESRF, DESY and Elettra. As an instrument scientist on the small angle neutron scattering instrument, Quokka, Chris develops novel measurement environments and methods which further extend the utility of the small-angle-scattering technique to applied and industrial problems. 


Dr Mark Hackett

Curtin University

Assoc. Prof. Chris McNeill

Monash University

I fell in love with synchrotrons in 2005 during my first synchrotron trip to the Advanced Light Source when as a post-doc. The thrill of doing science at a big facility, the science opened up by a tuneable high-brightness X-ray source, the number of papers that could be generated in a single week-long visit! Since then I have also worked at the Swiss Light Source, at Diamond and am now a regular user of the soft X-ray and SAXS/WAXS beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron where I use synchrotron X-rays to probe the structure of organic semiconductor thin films. Along with my passion for synchrotron science, I bring experience of working at other facilities and my time as soft X-ray PAC chair. I am committed to making the user experience at the Australian Synchrotron the best it can be, and to working with users and management to make it happen.

Dr Suzanne Neville

University of Sydney

Dr Suzanne Neville completed a BSC(Hons) and a PhD (2005) within the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Monash University in the molecular magnetism group (Prof. Keith Murray). In 2008, Suzanne was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship which was carried out in the Laboratoire des Sciences Moléculaires, ICMCB, France. After being awarded an Australian Research Fellowship (2011-16) she returned to Australia, initially at Monash University and moving to the University of Sydney in 2013. Her research interests lie in the general fields of inorganic coordination chemistry and magnetism and in particular, in developing novel advanced magnetic (i.e., spin crossover) materials and expanding their applications through the incorporation of multiple functions into hybrid materials.


Prof Alice Vrielink

University of Western Australia

Professor Alice Vrielink obtained her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Masters of Science in Physical Chemistry at the University of Calgary in Canada. She completed a PhD in Physics at the University of London and a Diploma in Crystallography from Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. From 1994-2001 Professor Vrielink was an Assistant and Associate Professor at McGill University in Canada. She then continued her research as a Research Professor at the University of California, Sanata Cruz. In 2007 she joined the faculty at UWA as Professor of Structural Biology. Alice's research focuses on how enzymes carry out their highly specific chemical reactions in life systems. Currently a major focus is on understansing processes by which bacteria evade the host immune system and generate drug resistance.

Dr Geoff Waterhouse

University of Auckland

Dr Geoff Waterhouse is a Chair Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the South China University of Technology (SCUT), and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland. Geoff is also an investigator in several of New Zealand's Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs), and an experienced user of synchrotron techniques. He leads a large research group with strong capabilities in catalysis photocatalysis, photonic crystal fabrication and biosensor development. A key focus of his current research is the developments of seminconductor photocatalysts for solar hydrogen production from water and biofuels, an area in which he published widely and demonstrated the versatility of hard and soft X-ray spectroscopies in catalysis research.


Leonie van 't Hag

University of Melbourne / CSIRO

Leonie van 't Hag is a PhD student at The University of Melbourne and CSIRO under the supervision of A./Prof. Sally Gras (The University of Melbourne), Prof. Calum Drummond (RMIT University) and Dr. Charlotte Conn (RMIT University). She obtained a MSc and BSc degree in Molecular Life Science (2012 and 2010), with a specialization in Physical Chemistry, from Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. The subject of Leonie's PhD is improving success rates for in meso crystallisation using model synthetic peptides which mimic biologically relevant integral membrane proteins. She is an extensive user of the SAXS/WAXS and MX beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron, and of the SANS instruments (QUOKKA and BILBY) at ANSTO. She is currently an AINSE Postgraduate Research Award Student.


Dr Zhaoming Zhang


Chair,  X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) PAC

Zhaoming is a principal research scientist in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle research team at ANSTO.  She received her PhD in surface science from the Department of Applied Physics at Yale University in 1993.  After that she moved to Sydney to join ANSTO, first as a postdoctoral fellow and later as a research scientist.  She has conducted a wide range of research activities, ranging from fundamental studies in surface science and bulk crystallography to more applied topics such as the development of nuclear waste forms.  She has utilised synchrotron radiation extensively in her career, having performed many experiments at synchrotron facilities around the world, including the AS, APS, ESRF, NSLS, NSRRC, Photon Factory and Spring-8.


Dr Amanda Edgley

University of Melbourne/St Vincent's Hospital

Chair, International PAC


Dr Mark Styles


Chair, Powder Diffraction (PD) PAC

Dr Mark Styles is a research scientist within CSIRO’s High-Performance Metal Industries program. Mark’s current research focus is on microstructure-property relationships in materials produced by metallic additive manufacturing techniques, however his research interests also include novel alloy development using combinatorial research methods and solid-state phase transformations in general. Mark’s background is in engineering design and materials characterisation, particularly via in situ X-ray and neutron powder diffraction techniques, and enjoys combining these skills to study materials under operational conditions. For example, during his PhD research (completed jointly at the University of Melbourne and CSIRO in 2012) Mark designed and built a novel molten salt electrowinning cell that allowed the growth of passivation layers on the anode material to be quantitatively measured in real time using energy-dispersive synchrotron powder diffraction.


Dr Jeff Crosbie

University of Melbourne

Chair, Imaging and Medical (IM) PAC

Jeffrey (Jeff) Crosbie is an Associate Professor in Medical Physics at RMIT University. Previously, he was an NH&MRC Early Career Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He is working on a novel form of radiation therapy for cancer using synchrotron-generated X-rays. In 2012/13 he was a Visiting Scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France.  Jeff is a medical physicist by profession and has worked at The Alfred Hospital's radiotherapy centre in Melbourne. He obtained his PhD from Monash University in 2009 for his thesis entitled Synchrotron microbeam radiation therapy. Jeff came to Australia in 2002. He worked as a medical physicist in the UK for two years from 2001 to 2002 obtaining Chartered Physicist status from the Institute of Physics during this time. He received his MSc from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001 and a Postgraduate Diploma in the physical sciences and engineering in medicine from Trinity College Dublin in 1998. He read Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin and obtained a BA (Hons) in experimental physics in 1996.


Prof. Roland De Marco

University of the Sunshine Coast

Chair, Soft X-ray (SXR) PAC

Professor Roland De Marco received his PhD in Chemistry / Physics from La Trobe University in 1992. He was awarded the 2008 RACI Lloyd Smythe Medal for excellence in research in Analytical Chemistry.

Roland De Marco is also an internationally recognized leader in the field of electrochemical sensors.  His major strength is in the field of electrochemical surface and interface analysis, and he has a strong track record of using state-of-the-art electrochemical and surface analytical techniques in the micro- and nano-characterization of electrochemical devices.  He has been recognized for his national and international leadership in neutron and synchrotron science through his current appointments on the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Materials, Structures and Dynamics Specialist Committee as well as the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee of the Soft X-ray beamline at The Australian Synchrotron.

From July 2001 to December 2010, Roland De Marco contributed significantly to leadership and management at Curtin University progressing from Head of Chemistry to Dean of Research in Science and Engineering culminating with his final appointment as Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy).  He is presently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) after serving as USC's inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) from January 2011 to December 2015.


Assoc. Prof. Mark Beattie

University of South Australia

Chair, Infrared (IR) PAC


Dr Peter Kopittke

University of Queensland

Chair, X-ray fluorescence microspectroscopy (XFM) PAC

Peter Kopittke is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland where his research aims to investigate how trace metals interact with plants. His research encompasses both trace metal toxicity (such as with Al, which is toxic in the ca. 40% of arable soils world-wide that are acidic) and trace metal nutrition (such as with Zn, which is deficient in almost half of the world’s soils). He is also investigating the storage of carbon as organic matter within soils – this not only being important to maintain soil fertility for agricultural production but also for the sequestration of greenhouse gases.


Dr Peter Czabotar

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

Co-chair,  macromolecular crystallography (MX) PAC.

Peter Czabotar is a Laboratory Head within the Structural Biology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. His research focus is on the structural biology of proteins that control programmed cell death. For this work he employs the macromolecular crystallography beamlines, MX1 and MX2, at the Australian Synchrotron. He also has experience with beamlines at other facilities including the NSLS at Brookhaven, the ALS at Berkley, the SRS at Daresbury, the Photon Factory in Japan and the Swiss Light Source.


Dr James Murphy

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute

Chair, Small and wide angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) PAC

James Murphy is a laboratory head and RD Wright (Biomedical) Fellow of the NHMRC in the Cell Signalling and Cell Death Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne. His group is interested in the network of protein-protein interactions that underlie cell signalling, and how these interactions are disrupted in disease. He completed his PhD with Professors Ian Young and David Ollis at the ANU in 2003. He joined the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in 2007 after completing postdoctoral studies in the lab of Tony Pawson (Toronto) as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow.


Dr Jack Clegg

University of Queensland

Co-chair,  macromolecular crystallography (MX) PAC.