Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
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ANSTO logo
Agency overview
Formed1987
Superseding agency
JurisdictionCommonwealth of Australia
HeadquartersLucas Heights, Australia
Employees1,000+
Minister responsible
Agency executives
Websitewww.ansto.gov.au

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is a statutory body of the Australian government, formed in 1987 to replace the Australian Atomic Energy Commission. Its head office and main facilities are in southern outskirts of Sydney at Lucas Heights, in the Sutherland Shire.

Purpose[edit]

The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australia's national nuclear organisation and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 (Cth) prescribes its general purpose. The purpose is translated into action through corporate drivers of vision, mission and strategic goals.

Mission statement[edit]

  • To support the development and implementation of government policies and initiatives in nuclear and related areas, domestically and internationally
  • To operate nuclear science and technology based facilities, for the benefit of industry and the Australian and international research community
  • To undertake research that will advance the application of nuclear science and technology
  • To apply nuclear science, techniques and expertise to address Australia 's environmental challenges and increase the competitiveness of Australian industry
  • To manufacture and advance the use of radiopharmaceuticals which will improve the health of Australians

Structure[edit]

ANSTO is governed by a Board of Directors chaired by former CEO of BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, James "Jim" McDowell.[2] Erica Smyth from uranium exploration company Toro Energy is the Deputy Chair. The CEO, Dr Adrian "Adi" Paterson, manages the organisation.[3]

ANSTO operates five research facilities:

  1. OPAL research reactor
  2. Centre for Accelerator Science
  3. Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering
  4. Cyclotron facility
  5. Australian Synchrotron

Major research instruments include:

ANSTO also manufactures radiopharmaceuticals and performs commercial work such as silicon doping by nuclear transmutation.

Nuclear Reactors[edit]

ANSTO currently has two nuclear reactors onsite: HIFAR and the new OPAL from the Argentine company INVAP. HIFAR was permanently shut down on 30 January 2007. OPAL became operational in November 2006 and was officially opened 20 April 2007.

In 2017, ANTSO announced the creation of a NiMo-SiC alloy for use in molten salt reactors.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science" (Press release). Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  2. ^ "ANSTO Board". Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Media Profile: Dr Adi Paterson, Chief Executive Officer" (PDF). Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Echidna - ANSTO". Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Wombat - ANSTO". Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Kowari - ANSTO". Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Platypus - ANSTO". Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/MediaCentre/News/ACS120026

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