25 March 2020

COVID-19 Update, SSW On-site Operations Suspended, Virtual Operations Continuing

Based on a directive from the provincial government, Western will be moving to essential services only at 11:59p.m., Tuesday, March 24, continuing for at least 14 days. Surface Science Western on-site operations are now suspended. All staff remain available during normal business hours for consultative work, information discussions and quotation requests via email (see Our...
19 March 2020

SSW COVID-19 Update March 19

Surface Science Western is presently open for sample drop-off and deliveries from 8:30- 4:00, analysis and consulting activities are continuing at present. Most staff are working remotely and will only be on-site for instrument operations. All staff remain available for consultations via email (see Our Team page for email links, or use info@surfacesciencewestern.com), phone or...
18 October 2019

Congratulations David Shoesmith on your retirement!

                  David Shoesmith celebrated his retirement yesterday (October 17, 2019). Dave technically joined Surface Science Western as our Director in 2011, however he was an integral part of the lab for many years and was of crucial importance to the success of the lab. His hard work,...
11 September 2019

Surface Science is Hosting a 2019 XPS Short Course!

SSW’s Brad Kobe talking about XPS imaging at our very own 2019 XPS Short Course. Students from Western University, Dalhousie University, Trent University, University of Guelph, York University and NRC are soaking up all the information! This is a two-day course instructed by our very own Mr. Brad Kobe and Dr. Mark Biesinger. If you...
29 August 2019

Surface Science Western has a new Director, congratulating Dr. Mark Biesinger on his new role!

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Biesinger! As of July 1, 2019 Dr. Biesinger took on the Director position at Surface Science Western. Dr. Biesinger is an internationally recognized expert in X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with extensive experience in surface analysis and materials characterization techniques including 25+ years of experience operating and maintaining various XPS, SEM/EDX, optical...
11 June 2019

Surface and Micro-Nanoscale Analysis: Materials Characterization Problems in Industry Workshop

On May 1, 2019 Surface Science Western jointly hosted (with Western University, the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM), McMaster University, and the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Saskatoon) a workshop on an introduction to surface and microanalysis techniques, including how they work and what type of information can be obtained. Numerous industrial applications were presented....
29 May 2019

Congratulations Tianqi Xie!

Congratulations, Tianqi Xie on receiving the Dr. N. Stewart McIntyre Award! Tianqi is a Ph.D. candidate in Geophysics researching “Exploration of shock metamorphic features in anorthosite from the Mistastin Lake impact structure and the Apollo samples using Raman spectroscopy”. She also successfully presented a three-minute thesis on – Are We Alone? Unlocking the Mystery of...
26 April 2019

Brand New Keyence High-Quality Digital Microscope

It’s here, set up and ready for action! The Keyence High Quality Digital Microscope is officially at Surface Science Western! The VHX Digital Microscope was designed with top-of-the-line technology in the lenses, camera, graphics engine, and stage. * 20x Greater Depth-of-Field * 0.1 to 5000X Magnification * Multi-Angle Observation * Advanced 2D/3D Measurement Add it...
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