ANSTO equipment assists in antibiotic-resistant bacteria-beating research
A large Australian team led by Monash University has devised a new approach to killing antibiotic-resistant bacteria using lipid nanoparticles targeting specific layers on the surface of the bacterial cell. The team’s research was published in the journal Small, and demonstrates antibacterial lipids successfully used in combination with nanocarrier lipids to form nanoparticles that kill gram-negative bacteria, according to a statement from ANSTO on Tuesday. The research team was led by Prof Jian Li, Prof Anton Peleg, and A/Prof Hsin-Hui Shen of Monash University. Instrument scientist and co-author Dr Anton Le Brun contributed to the research with measurements on ANSTO’s Platypus neutron reflectometer and analysis of the data. “Neutron reflectometry is a useful tool for understanding the structure of cell membranes at the nanometre length scale,” explained Le Brun. The paper can be accessed here.
Ampcontrol uses mine safety expo to unveil two new products
Electrical engineering firm Ampcontrol is showcasing two new products, both designed for use in hard rock mines, at the 2023 Mine Electrical Safety Conference Western Australia (MESC WA) in Perth. The two products are the new IPM3, a multifunction, multi-voltage, integrated protection relay, and the company’s Conveyor Safety System. “Electrical safety is key to everything we do at Ampcontrol,” said Managing Director Rod Henderson. “We’re excited to bring these new products to MESC WA. This event is in its second year in Western Australia following many successful years in Queensland and one we hope continues to be an ongoing success.” The conference runs on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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