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SSW researchers are leveraging non-destructive methods, such as Micro-CT, to analyze and image sensitive electronics. In the case study below, we used Micro-CT X-ray analyses to image integrated circuit (IC) micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) chips that were mounted on a printed circuit board (PCB). MEMS chips are tiny mechanical sensors and actuators that are commonly...
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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 Dr. Mark Biesinger (Surface Science...
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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 attached images show a biofilm...
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SSW researchers are working with members of the Anthropology department (Andrew Nelson and Emy Roberge) to look at the internal structures of 500 year old sacrificial virgin mummy teeth. We examined thin-sections of two teeth from a cemetery associated with a female institution in Farfán on the North Coast of Peru during the Inca Empire...
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With the in-chamber nano-indentor attachment, SSW staff along with engineer Konrad Mazurkiewicz, are squishing tiny micron sized pillars of metal inside of Dr. Moser’s (Earth Sciences) FE-SEM… live, while we watch! These are in-situ experiments that are actually occurring inside the SEM. Typically people just use the SEM to observe things, and we’re actually doing...
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Surface Science Western and Alyssa Moore (Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario) are using Micro-CT to image and analyze the bones and cartilages of developing mouse skulls to better understand skull development in normal and disrupted developmental conditions. Alyssa aims to compare normally developed mouse skulls to skulls that...
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Surface Science Western will be closed starting Wednesday, December 22nd at 4 pm until Tuesday, January 4th at 8 am for the Christmas holiday. Seasons greetings from all of us at SSW.
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Please read more on the Electrochemical Society website! “Congratulations to Thalia Standish of the University of Western Ontario for receiving the 2021 ECS Corrosion Division Morris Cohen Graduate Student Award. Each year, the division recognizes and rewards outstanding graduate research in the field of corrosion science and/or engineering. Such early recognition of highly qualified corrosion scientists...
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Using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry to probe surface complexes of relevance for biocorrosion processes Are you interested in studying an important topic in depth? Apply for grad studies with professors Yolanda Hedberg and Heng-Yong Nie at the Department of Chemistry and Surface Science Western! We are seeking candidates with background in mass spectrometric analyses,...
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40 years on and still thriving!!  From no cellphones and emails to the age of social media and instant messaging!!!!  Surface Science Western is celebrating 40th Anniversary of its establishment this year (started in 1981).  We have a very-well equipped and the state of the art analytical techniques in house, servicing a wide range of...
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