Dr Garry Foran
Position: Senior Research Scientist, Bragg Institute
Affiliation: Bragg Institute, ANSTO
Phone: +61 (02) 9717 9012
In my position as Staff Scientist at the Australian National Beamline Facility, I have operated, maintained, developed and managed the ANBF at the Photon Factory synchrotron light source in Tsukuba, Japan since construction began in 1992. I am now Senior Research Scientist within ANSTO and Scientific manager at the ANBF responsible for operations in Japan.
My research interests and current collaborations focus on the application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to the study of advanced materials and biologically important systems and the structural study of organic thin films using X-ray reflectometry, XAS and grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction.
Approximately 50% of experiments carried out at the ANBF employ X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Throughout my tenure at the ANBF I have been primarily responsible for the upkeep and development of XAS instrumentation as well as for ensuring successful XAS experimental outcomes. I have long experience in beamline optics and instrumentation – in particular with the operation of advanced XAS detectors and X-ray monochromators suitable for XAS measurements. I have extensive experience carrying out XAS experiments at other SR facilities around the world, am a recognized Australian authority on XAS and co-author of a book chapter on the application of the technique to the study of surfaces and thin films.
I am responsible for and operate a synchrotron radiation beamline at the Photon Factory in Japan. The facility is optimised for high-resolution powder diffraction and X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements. The latter, in particular, has been heavily utilised by members of the proposed network to elucidate the atomic scale structure and speciation of a variety of metals in biological systems including Cu and Ni ions in pharmaceutical preparations and Cr, Cu and Pt in cell cultures and in complexes with polypeptides. The usefulness of the ANBF facilities to the study of metals in medicine will be greatly enhanced within the coming year by the arrival of a new fluorescence detector system that has been acquired with ARC LIEF Grant funding and optics upgrade program funded by the Major National Research Facilities Scheme of the Federal government. The two major developments will greatly improve the performance of the ANBF for studying ultra-dilute systems such as those commonly found in biological and medical applications.
By its very nature, synchrotron radiation science is an international field and after 12 years in the business, I have developed an extensive network of international links and collaborators.
Apart from the obvious linkages at my base facility in Tsukuba, I have an ongoing research collaboration into the structure of thin films studied by surface XAS with the group of Prof. I. Watanabe of Osaka Womens University and Dr. H. Tanida at Spring-8. Similarly I have a strong connection with the surface analysis group based at ChemMat CARS at the Advanced Photon Source in Chicago and have professional association with members of staff at Daresbury, Stanford, ESRF, Swiss Light Source, APS and other SR facilities.