07 February 2018

Rust Revealed – Video of On-Going Research

Electrochemistry group member Thalia Standish has qualified for the Top 75 @NSERC_CRSNG Science, Action! video contest. This video highlights some of her work and the work being done in the group. The 25 videos that get the most views between February 6 and March 2 will move on to the final round of judging and...
19 January 2018

New Metallographic Polishing System Installed at SSW

SSW is please to announce the installation of a new Struers LaboPol-20/LaboForce-50. This system is used for professional semi-automatic materialographic and metallographic preparation (grinding and polishing of materials). Staff can use recipes employing varying grinding materials, polishing speeds and pressures that will allow for preparation of high quality sections of an extremely wide range of...
18 December 2017

Holiday Season Hours

A quick note for our clients. Surface Science Western will be closed over the holidays starting at Friday, December 22rd (i.e. closed Friday) and returning Tuesday, January 2rd (8 am). Season’s greetings to all from the staff at SSW.
25 October 2017

Retirement Announcement

After almost 30 years with SSW, it is with mixed feelings that we announce the retirement of Suzanne Hicks, our Logistics and Administrative Assistant. Everyone will always remember the kindness, support, respect and extreme attention to detail that Suzanne has provided us over the years. The SSW family, students and clients will miss her greatly...
17 October 2017

SSW Scientists at Advanced Photon Source

Surface Science Western’s (SSW’s) scientists Rebecca Sarazen and Sridhar Ramamurthy, along with Thalia Standish and Dmitrij Zagidulin from the Chemistry Department, were at the Advanced Photon Source (APS, Chicago) performing micro X-ray tomography (micro-CT) measurements on copper-coated steel samples. Access to APS, located within Argonne National Laboratories (ANL) in Chicago, is based on the review...
24 August 2017

Research Highlight: Layer-by-Layer Optimization of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Nanocrystals for use in Solar Cell Devices

Research highlight from our recent N. Stewart McIntyre award winner Matthew J. Turnbull, Department of Chemistry, Western University. The primary goal of this research is to elucidate the key features that differentiate nanocrystal-based CZTS films from their crystalline counterparts. As indicated in Figure 1, there are three main mechanisms by which electrons move from the...
14 July 2017

2017 N. Stewart McIntyre Award Winner Matthew Turnbull

Congratulations to Mr. Mathew Turnbull, PhD candidate from the Department of Chemistry at Western University, winner of the 2017 Dr. N. Stewart McIntyre Award in Surface Science. Matthew’s research abstract was entitled “Layer-by-Layer Optimization of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) Nanocrystals for use in Solar Cell Devices”. Matthew, a member of Prof. Zhifeng Ding’s group, has used a...
26 April 2017

SSW Director Shoesmith Recipient of Lee Hsun Lecture Award

The recipient of 2016 Lee Hsun Lecture Series—Lee Hsun Lecture Award, chemistry professor and SSW director David Shoesmith visited the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR, CAS) from March 13 to 17, 2017. During the visit, Prof. Shoesmith delivered a lecture entitled “A Model for the Corrosion of Spent Nuclear Fuel, and...
18 April 2017

SSW Receives RTI Grant

Surface Science Western, in conjunction with the Western Nanofabrication Facility and the Tandetron Accelerator Facility, is delighted to announce that they have received an NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grant (Operations and Maintenance Support for Research Equipment). This grant is for $150,000.00 and will be used to provide financial support for operations, personnel, parts,...
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