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  • Person receiving a vaccination

    Deuteration continues to be an important characterisation tool in understanding COVID infectivity and severity


    The National Deuteration Facility at ANSTO continues to support biomedical research on COVID-19 by providing bespoke deuterated lipids for studies of the structure of the virus and its complex molecular interactions.

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    In the push and pull of crowds, disordered proteins dance precariously


    intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) carry out a range of important biological tasks and play a key role in several biological functions. In collaboration scientists from RMIT and the CSIRO, research facilitated at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering and the National Deuteration Facility reveals how IDPs and their regions behave under various physiological processes.

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  • chemical structure of deuterated ionic liquids

    Deuterated ionic liquids


    The favourable properties of ionic liquids make them useful for numerous applications.

    High stability means ionic liquids are suitable for use as electrolytes in extreme environments such as space. The NDF have produced several selectively deuterated ionic liquids that have been used to increase our understanding of ionic liquids.

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  • cytochrome p450 steroid binding

    Studying enzyme mechanisms using deuterated substrates


    The NDF is providing deuterated substrates to enable researchers to study enzyme binding. This is important for designing enzymes for applications as drug targets and as biocatalysts.

    These studies demonstrate the broadening user base for the National Deuteration Facility, with requests to synthesise deuterated molecules for neutron as well as non-neutron based applications.

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    2022 Product Catalogue released


    The National Deuteration Facility have released the 2022 Product Catalogue, click the link below to download.

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    Insight into membrane fusion in COVID infection


    ANSTO’s National Deuteration Facility has provided deuterated cholesterol for international research to gain a better understanding of how the Spike protein of the COVID virus, SARS-Co-V-2, infects human cells through a membrane fusion mechanism.

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  • Michael Moir in chemistry lab with chemical structure of deuterated linoleic acid

    Deuterated linoleic acid-d31: Available now


    The NDF has achieved a concise and scalable synthesis to access gram quantities of linoleic acid-d31. The NDF’s expertise in phospholipid synthesis means that desirable linoleoyl lipids can now be synthesised on request.

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  • A gloved hand holding a red capsule

    New type of nanoparticles for drug delivery


    Monash University researchers have used advanced techniques at ANSTO to investigate the production of new, elongated polymer nanocapsules with a high payload of drug nanocrystals to potentially increase drug targetability, and also decrease dosage frequency and side effects.

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  • cell surface

    Supporting new areas of COVID research


    ANSTO’s National Deuteration Facility has been providing high-quality deuterated lipids used in the construction of cell membrane models to support research that improves our understanding of how the virus interacts with elements of the cell membrane, a relatively new area of investigation.

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    News archive


    To access past NDF News and Highlights, please access the page below.

    News archive


The National Deuteration Facility is partly supported by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy – an initiative of the Australian Government.

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