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.

UAC email contact:  uac@synchrotron.org.au

  

UAC MEMBER PROFILES
 

 

Dr. Anthony Chesman (Chair)

CSIRO
Vic

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.

 

Assoc. Prof. Chris McNeill (Deputy Chair)

Monash University
Vic

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. Kevin Jack (Past Chair)

University of Queensland
QLD

Prof. Alice Vrielink (Elected Member)

University of Western Australia
WA

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 (Elected Member)

University of Auckland
NZ

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.

 

Dr. Mark Hackett (Elected Member)

Curtin University
WA

Chair, X-ray fluorescence microspectroscopy (XFM) PAC

 

Dr. Stephen Holt (Elected Member)

ANSTO
NSW

   

Dr. Zhaoming Zhang

ANSTO
NSW

zhaoming.zhang@ansto.gov.au

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.

 

Kira Rundel (Student Representative)

Monash University
Vic

Kira is in the third year of her PhD studying Materials Science and Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Chris McNeill at Monash University. Her research is focused on novel n-type materials for acceptors in organic solar cells. She is a frequent user of both the SAXS/WAXS and Soft X-ray Beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron and participated as a student in the 1st AOF Synchrotron School in June 2017.

 

Prof. David Waite

University of New South Wales
NSW

Chair, X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) PAC

 

Dr. Jack Clegg

University of Queensland
QLD

Co-chair,  Macromolecular crystallography (MX) PAC

Jack Clegg studied chemistry, history and German, graduating with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Honours) and a University Medal in 2004. He went on to complete a PhD in Chemistry (2008) and a Bachelor of Laws (2009), also from the University of Sydney graduating with the Convocation Medal. After completing his studies, Jack won a Marie Curie Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Cambridge. Jack returned to Australia to join The University of Queensland in 2012 and became an ARC Future Fellow in 2014. In 2015 Jack won a QLD Young Tall Poppy Science Award for outstanding achievements in scientific research and communication. Outside science, Jack has served as a Director of the board of the Australian Youth Orchestra and a regional Credit Union in NSW. Jack has authored more than 140 publications including 3 book chapters, which have received over 2500 citations.

Dr. Peter Czabotar

Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
Vic

czabotar@wehi.edu.au

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.

Prof. Roland De Marco

University of the Sunshine Coast
QLD

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.

Dr. Tamar Greaves

RMIT
Vic

Co-chair, Small and wide angle x-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) PAC

Tamar Greaves is a senior research fellow at RMIT University, since 2014. Tam completed her B.Sc. (Hons) in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Physics in 2004 from Monash University. In 2005 she joined the group of Prof. Drummond at CSIRO as a Postdoctoral Fellow, followed by a Research Scientist position at CSIRO. Tam conducts research into understanding the fundamental physicochemical and thermal properties of ionic liquids, along with their liquid nanostructure and the solvophobic effect. She is also developing ionic liquids for a broad range of applications including in the stability of biological molecules, synthesis of conductive polymers, and as solvent/catalysts for organic reactions. A key focus of her research is the use of high throughput methodologies for experiment design, sample synthesis, characterisation and data analysis. She was awarded a Veski Victoria Fellowship in 2016.

 

Dr. Michael Griffin

The University of Melbourne
Vic

Co-chair, Small and wide angle x-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) PAC

 

Dr. Mark Styles

CSIRO
Vic

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. Megan Wallace

Monash University
Vic

megan.wallace@monash.edu

Chair, Imaging and Medical (IM) PAC

 

 

Assoc. Prof. David Beattie

University of South Australia
SA

David.Beattie@unisa.edu.au

Chair, Infrared (IR) PAC

Dr. Amanda Edgley

University of Melbourne/St Vincent's Hospital
Vic

Chair, International PAC

Dr Amanda Edgley obtained her PhD from Monash University in 2001 and is currently a senior research fellow in the Renal and Cardiovascular Translational Research Group at the University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, St Vincents Hospital. Her research interests focus on developing and evaluating novel compounds for the treatment of pathological inflammation and fibrosis in diabetic and non-diabetic kidney, heart and eye disease. Inflammation and fibrosis underlie the decline in organ function in many cardiovascular conditions. Dr Edgley has had experience using synchrotron radiation microangiography techniques to study aspects of coronary microvascular function in health and disease. She has also utilised synchrotron short angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) to investigate regulation of myocardial cross bridge function.