About us


Our $150M facilities for high-energy ion beam research represent decades of strategic investment in the national interest by the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, our industry partners and the Australian Government.


With R&D capabilities unparalleled in Australia and matched by few globally, there is enormous demand for our services across multiple sectors. We operate 24/7 to support Australian and global researchers and businesses


Since 2009, we have been funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to support high-quality research driving greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the broader economy.

Our objectives


Provide world-class facilities for accelerator ion beam research and its applications by Australian and international researchers.


Support research activities in sectors of national priority, including quantum computing, space and astronomy, advanced materials, environment and climate, cancer therapies, minerals exploration, and nuclear technologies.


Provide resources for advanced research training for students and early-career researchers in science and technology.


Support and enhance Australia’s sovereign capabilities in nuclear physics, and in ion beam and radiation applications.


Build technical and research linkages with other leading national and international ion beam accelerator laboratories.

Management team

Tom McGoram

CEO, Heavy Ion Accelerators

Mahananda Dasgupta

Director of the Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility

Rob Elliman

Director of the Ion Implantation Lab

Jeffrey McCallum

Director of the Experimental Condensed Matter Laboratory