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...
29 March 2019

Rigaku SmartLab X-ray Diffractometer is installed and ready for work!

Our brand new Rigaku SmartLab X-ray Diffractometer has recently been installed and commissioned at Surface Science Western (SSW). This versatile instrument is capable of analyzing powder samples, solid metal samples, and thin films. The In-Plane diffraction attachment allows the measurement of structural factors and reciprocal space maps from ultra thin (~100 nm thick) films and...
22 March 2019

Brand new Xradia 410 Versa X-ray Microscope is up and running!

Our brand new Xradia 410 Versa X-ray microscope is being installed and commissioned at Surface Science Western (SSW). This instrument enables non-destructive 3-D imaging (4-D with time-based measurements) of materials with a spatial resolution of 0.9 µm and a minimum voxel size of 100 nm at larger working distances. Advanced absorption and phase contrast capability...
15 March 2019

Brand New PHI Field Emission Scanning Auger Microprobe (FESAM)

Our brand new PHI Field Emission Scanning Auger Microprobe (FESAM) is up and running and ready for work! This instrument was procured using the funding from Canadian Foundation For Innovation granted to Professor David Shoesmith. This instrument is capable of achieving 4 nm spatial resolution for imaging and 8 nm for Auger analysis. The 8-channel...
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