First Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa

Jul 08, 2014 No Comments by

The first Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) facility in Africa was officially launched by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on 7 July. The facility is located at the iThemba Laboratory on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. AMS is mainly used for the radiocarbon dating of biological, geological and hydrological material, as well as historical artefacts. It also has important applications in biomedicine – including Alzheimer’s and cancer research, as well as drug discovery – and in climate and environmental research.

The DST already, through the National Research Foundation, operates a “vibrant” national equipment programme which, since 2005, has acquired more than 300 examples of state-of-the-art research equipment, which have been placed at various South African universities. Some 3 000 scientific publications have resulted from research using this equipment.

For more : SouthAfrica.info   and Engineering News

Thanks to Simon Mullins for the photograph

AMS facility at iThemba LABS

AMS facility at iThemba LABS

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