05 January 2016

Hat Trick an UNENE

We are delighted to report the following from December’s UNENE R&D Workshop in Toronto. This is an annual meeting of UNENE/NSERC Industrial Research Chairs from across the province, their research groups, the UNENE Research Advisory Committee, and nuclear industry stakeholders, including OPG, CNSC, Bruce Power, CNL, CANDU Energy, NWMO, COG, and others. PhD students working...
16 December 2015

Holiday Season Hours

A quick note for our clients. Surface Science Western will be closed over the holidays starting on Thursday, December 24th and returning Monday, January 4th (8 am). Season’s greetings to all from the staff at SSW.
13 November 2015

Mineral Processing at Surface Science Western

The mineral processing group at SSW is actively engaged in both contract and academic research within the mineral processing sector of the Canadian mining industry. The group focuses on the relationship between mineral (ore) chemistry and the recovery strategy of a particular process. The overall goal of the research is to identify opportunities for process...
25 August 2015

Surface Analysis of Electrochemically Oxidized Uranium Dioxide

The safety assessment of the Canadian nuclear waste disposal program requires a fundamental understanding of the processes controlling fuel corrosion which could lead to the release of radionuclides to the geosphere from a failed container. The redox conditions controlling fuel (UO2) corrosion inside a failed container will be dictated by the alpha radiation fields within...
29 July 2015

New Hitachi SU3500 Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope combined with an Oxford AZtec X-Max50 SDD Energy Dispersive Detector Installed at SSW

On June 15, 2015, we took delivery of our new Hitachi SU3500 Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope combined with an Oxford AZtec X-Max50 SDD energy dispersive detector. The SEM can be run in standard high vacuum mode and provides standard high resolution images and EDS micro analysis. The SU3500 can also operate at low pressures...
25 June 2015

Dr. N. Stewart McIntyre Award 2015 Winner – Thalia Standish

Congratulations to Ms. Thalia Standish, PhD candidate from the Department of Chemistry at Western University, winner of the 2015 Dr. N. Stewart McIntyre Award in Surface Science. Thalia’s research abstract was entitled “Galvanic Corrosion between Copper and Carbon Steel: An Investigation for Nuclear Waste Disposal Containers”. Thalia has used a variety of surface analysis techniques...
12 June 2015

SSW Director David Shoesmith wins H.H. Uhlig Award

Prof. David Shoesmith, Department of Chemistry and Surface Science Western Director is the winner of this year’s H.H. Uhlig Award of the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society. Dave will receive the award, and a reception in his honour will be held, at the Electrochemical Society fall meeting in Phoenix Arizona in October. This is...
14 April 2015

Assessment of the Role of Alloying Elements on the Corrosion Behaviour of Ni-Cr-Mo Alloys

The primary goal of this research was to elucidate the key influences of the alloying elements in Ni-Cr-Mo alloys on their electrochemical behaviour. Two alloys, varying in Cr and Mo content, were studied in deaerated 5 M NaCl solutions. As indicated in Figure 1, potentiostatic polarization followed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) (to measure the...