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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University scientists from the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, have been awarded the annual prize for the 2020 best paper in the field of Applied Physics Research from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Russia. 

The award was made to Dr Arno Janse van Vuuren, Dr Jacques O'Connell and Prof Jan Neethling at the recent 129th session of the JINR Scientific Council. The paper originated from the on-going collaboration between the Centre for HRTEM at Mandela University and the JINR in Russia – a collaboration spanning more than a decade.

The title of the winning publication “Experimental study and multiscale modeling of latent tracks structure in radiation resistant dielectrics” included Russian authors, V. Skuratov, R. Rymzhanov, A. Volkov, A. Ibraeva, N. Kirilkin, N. Medvedev, and M. Zdorovet.

The Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy is a facility for advanced electron microscopy. The facility houses four state-of-the-art electron microscopes - including the only double aberration corrected transmission electron microscope on the African continent - as well as the enabling infrastructure for sample preparation, data processing and image simulation. Other instruments include a fully analytical TEM, a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope and an analytical high resolution scanning electron microscope. 

The main aim of the Centre is to provide a broad community of South African scientists and students with a full range of state-of-the-art instruments and expertise for materials research.

From left Prof Jan Neethling (CHRTEM Director), Dr Arno Janse van Vuuren (CHRTEM Microscopist) and Dr Jacques O’Connell (CHRTEM Microscopist).