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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: After winning the best poster presentation prize at a recent Radiation Effects in Insulators Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, Anel Ibrayeva continues with her winning streak and was recently presented with the Best Young Scientist Presentation Award at the Interaction of Radiation with Solids conference held in Minsk, Belarus. 

Anel's research focuses on special materials (SMs) that can be used to encapsulate radioactive nuclear waste when it is turned into less hazardous elements. She uses the high resolution TEM images of the SMs obtained at the Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) to evaluate models that can be used to determine the suitability of these SMs when it would contain radioactive waste being turned into less hazardous elements.

Drs Janse van Vuuren and O’Connell from the Centre for HRTEM are responsible for the electron microscopy part of this successful collaboration managed by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. The beneficial collaboration of more than 10 years between the JINR and the Centre for HRTEM was initiated by the Department of Science and Innovation.  

At the IRS-2019 conference, invited plenary talks were given by Prof Jan Neethling and Dr Janse van Vuuren. Dr O’ Connell, who was elected as member of the programme committee of IRS-2019, gave an oral presentation.  

Dr Jacques O’Connell, Ms Anel Ibrayeva, Dr Arno Janse van Vuuren

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Prof Jan Neethling
Tel: +27 41 504 2143