Sunscreens, plastics and paints often contain zinc oxide nanoparticles, which protect skin and other surfaces from harmful ultraviolet rays. The advantage of nanoparticles is that we can’t see them on our skin, unlike larger particles that appear white.
In response to recent claims that nanoparticles of zinc oxide could increase the risk of sunlight damaging the skin if they were absorbed into the skin, Australian researchers are using synchrotron techniques to explore the detailed toxicology and reactivity of zinc oxide.
A collaboration between Monash University, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of Queensland has laid the foundations for a new class of antimalarial drugs, with the help of the high-throughput protein crystallography beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.
In the interests of international scientific advancement, synchrotron celebrity Dr X-ray Ted recently shared some of his most valuable professional secrets in an exclusive Lightspeed interview obtained through his manager Nicola Scarlett from CSIRO Minerals in Clayton.
Prof Michael Cortie from the University of Technology Sydney has been fascinated by gold-copper-aluminium based shape memory alloys for 15 years, but it wasn't until he came to the powder diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron that he discovered the true nature of the alloy's structure and transformations.