01 Nov 2014

November 2014 E-News

  1. User proposal results: January-June,2015 (cycle 21)
  2. G.Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award nominations
  3. CLS Annual Users' Meeting: May 4-6, 2015
  4. Advancements in battery technology shaping the future of electric vehicles
  5. CLS staff form energy storage working group
  6. New staff and now hiring
  7. Happy Holidays

1. User proposal results: January - June (cycle 21)

The general user competition results for January-June, 2015 (cycle 21) are now available.

Proposals for beamlines (other than CMCF) were reviewed and scored by the peer review committee and at least three external reviewers. Beam time was allocated based on each proposal's ranking in relation to all other proposals for a given beamline. 160 of the 298 proposals received were awarded beam time and recipients have been notified.

If you have questions, please contact our Users' Office. For complete results and to learn more about the peer review process, please visit our website.

2. G. Michael Bancroft PhD Thesis Award nominations  

Each year, the CLS presents one user who has completed their PhD in the previous calendar year with the Bancroft Award. The winner will receive a plaque and a $3,000 cash prize. The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2015. The winner will be announced at the Annual Users' Meeting in May.

The 2013 award was given to REIXS user and UBC graduate student Riccardo Comin (centre).

G. Michael Bancroft was the scientific director of the Canadian Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Madison, Wisconsin from 1978 to 1999, and executive director of the CLS from 1991 to 2001 and director of research from 2000 to 2004. He is widely acknowledged as a driving force behind the creation of Canada’s national synchrotron facility. He received the CIC Montreal Medal in 2002, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003 and is currently professor emeritus at Western University.

To apply or for more information, visit our website.

3. CLS Annual Users' Meeting - May 4-6, 2015

The 18th Annual User’s Meeting will be held on May 4, 5 and 6, 2015 at TCU Place in downtown Saskatoon. This three-day event will include an exhibitor show, a poster session, banquet dinner, as well as two full days of workshops.

The CLS is celebrating 10 years of operations in 2015, and the workshops have been organized to discuss the future of synchrotron science in Canada.

We hope that all of you will join us. More information available on our website.

4. Advancements in battery technology shaping the future of electric vehicles

Scientists from the CLS and Western University are on the forefront of battery technology using cheaper materials with higher energy and better recharging rates that make them ideal for electric vehicles (EVs).

The switch from conventional internal combustion engines to EVs is well underway. However, limited mileage of current EVs due to the confined energy storage capability of available battery systems is a major reason why these vehicles are not more common on the road.

Read the complete story on our website.






5. CLS staff form energy storage working group

Energy storage technologies (such as batteries, fuel cells, and supercapacitors) are an increasingly important focus of research for many in our user community, as well as the private sector. Research in this field makes use of a wide variety of synchrotron techniques carried out across the full spectrum of beamlines.

In order to work together and coordinate our efforts as a facility, the energy storage working group was formed to encourage inter-beamline discussion and collaboration in this area. Their inaugural meeting was held on Nov. 14 and was attended by 15 participants from all around the CLS.

They will meet on a regular basis and welcome participation from anyone who is interested in this field (including those with no prior experience). If you would like to become involved, please contact industrial scientists, Jigang Zhou or Toby Bond.

6. New staff and now hiring

We are pleased to announce the following employee who recently joined the CLS:

Mid-IR Staff Scientist Scott Rosendahl is a familiar face around the CLS as he assisted the Mid-IR beamline as a technical assistant for the past four years while working towards his PhD. In 2013, he received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan.




The following job postings are currently available at CLS:

Job No. 770 – Outreach Student
Job No. 767 – Mechanical Engineer

Please visit our careers page for more information.

7. Happy Holidays

From everyone at the CLS, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. The CLS will be closed the following hours:

Wednesday, December 24: Closed*
Thursday, December 25: Closed 
Friday, December 26: Closed
Monday, December 29: Closed
Tuesday, December 30: Closed
Wednesday, December 31: Closed
Thursday, January 1: Closed
Friday, January 2: Closed*

*We are open the morning of December 24th and all day January 2nd. However, due to the expected low level of street traffic, our reception will not be manned and our front doors will be locked. If you are meeting with someone at the CLS and you do not have an active access card, please make sure you have their contact number to remind them to meet you at the front door. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.








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