SSW Team

Susanna’s Secret – A 12th Century German Palimpsest?

A 12th century 'Susannah and the Elders' medieval manuscript, the oldest item that Western has in their rare book collection, dating from around 1125 in Germany, may have been a rare case of a "palimpsest". SSW researchers wanted to look at this faint 90-degree text in higher detail.
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Engineers and Scientists unite! Two Ph.D. engineering students share their collaborative experiences at SSW

Marshall Yang and fellow student Jackson (Jinbao) Huang, two Ph.D. graduates from the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (CBE) at Western University, would like to share their collaborative experiences at Surface Science Western (SSW). Marshall and Jackson were the lead researchers on a multi-year project studying the behaviours and...
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Creating Foundational Experiences For Young Scientists

SSW had to say “so long” to three amazing students who have been working with us over the past year. These students have done wonderful work in the laboratory, and they are well on their way to becoming successful scientists.
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Unravelling the Mysteries of Laundry Microplastic Pollution

To help unravel the mysteries of microplastic pollution in aquatic systems, SSW researchers are working with Juan Li and UWO’s Environmental Engineering department.
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SSW Proudly Sponsored the Aqueous Corrosion Gordon Research Conference

Surface Science Western proudly sponsored this year’s Aqueous Corrosion Gordon Research Conference in New London, NH, United States.
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Shakespeare Exposed! SEM Imaging of Old Books

SSW Researchers wanted to test some novel samples inside the Large Chamber VP-SEM, so they imaged whole book! A 1909 copy of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. SSW researchers hypothesized that they could use electrons to actually read the book within the SEM.
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Using Micro-CT in the Electronics Industry

SSW researchers are leveraging non-destructive methods, such as Micro-CT, to analyze and image sensitive electronics. Integrated circuit (IC) micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) chips are tiny electronic mechanical sensors and actuators that solve a wide variety of modern problems. Their utilization is very popular and their use is expanding with time:...
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SSW Supporting Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Ekrupe Kaur, a graduate student collaborating with Surface Science Western, was recently featured in a spotlight video by the Canadian Society of Chemistry’s (CSC) Working for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (WIDE) group. Ekrupe is an MSc. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Yolanda Hedberg (Dept. of Chemistry, Western University) and...
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Low-Voltage FESEM Imaging of Biofilms

Carlos Munoz, Ph.D. a candidate in the chemical and biochemical engineering department (Western University), used our field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) to image his biofilm samples at low accelerating voltages (e.g., 1.5 keV). These low voltages allow very gentle imaging of the cells, and provides very surface sensitive analyses. The...
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