04 July 2016

SSW’s 35th Anniversary – Save the Date

This year marks Surface Science Western’s 35th Anniversary – yes we’ve been doing surface analysis and materials characterization since 1981! Please save the date of Friday, November 4th in the afternoon and early evening to come to London and celebrate this milestone with us. Invitations to follow by email in September.
24 February 2016

Imperial Oil Limited University Research Award for SSW Researchers

Surface Science Western Director Professor Dave Shoesmith and Senior Research Scientist Dr. Sridhar Ramamurthy have been awarded an Imperial Oil Limited University Research Award ($25,000) to develop a better understanding of the corrosion behaviour of typical engineering materials used in refinery processes in solutions containing dilute fluoride ions, with and without the presence of chloride...
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...