01 Sep 2015

September 2015 E-News

  1. Visit us at the Nuit Blanche art festival this Saturday
  2. Industrial Scientist receives Best Technical Paper award at CMA2015
  3. Social Scientist in Residence: commercialization of synchrotron-enabled science
  4. 2020 Health Vision Conference, Oct. Oct. 19 – 20, Saskatoon
  5. Register for the CLS Annual Workshop for Teachers, Dec. 5 – 7
  6. Splitting water into hydrogen fuel
  7. Hacking Health Saskatoon: Oct. 2 – 4
  8. Stability and electronic characteristics of epitaxial silicene multilayers on Ag(111)
  9. New staff and now hiring

1. Visit us at the Nuit Blanche art festival this Saturday

The CLS is proud to be a community partner for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, taking place this Saturday evening. Our exhibit, the Synchrotron Experience, will be located at the intersection of Ave. F and 20th St. West, starting at 8 pm.

This year, we have partnered with RMD Engineering Inc. to create a 10-foot-tall synchrotron representation built with over 2,000 lights, which will be visible for blocks.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Industrial Scientist receives Best Technical Paper award at CMA2015

Industrial Science team member Lisa Van Loon received the award for Best Technical Paper at the Canadian Mineral Analysts 2015 conference.

The paper, titled "Synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence analyses of trace elements in Roman gold coins: a non-destructive in situ technique for analysis of gold cultural artefacts," is part of an ongoing collaboration with researchers from Western University, the Royal Canadian Mint, Queen's University, and the University of Ottawa.

The presentation highlighted recent advancements towards the creation of non-destructive, in situ synchrotron capabilities to address advanced industry problems. The paper presented a case study showcasing the advantages of using tuneable synchrotron X-rays with a wavelength dispersive detector for quantitative XRF analysis of trace elements.

Congratulations Dr. Van Loon!

3. Social Scientist in Residence: commercialization of synchrotron-enabled science

CLS Social Scientist in Residence Dr. Carin Holroyd (U of S) is undertaking an international survey of synchrotron scientists to better understand attitudes regarding the commercialization of synchrotron-enabled science. The project will focus on scientists’ views regarding investments in science and perspectives on how governments can better support the commercialization of scientific work.

If you would like to assist the project by completing a short survey, please click here. For more information please contact Dr. Holroyd.

 

 

4. 2020 Health Vision Conference, Oct. Oct. 19 – 20, Saskatoon

Presented by the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce through its Health Opportunities Committee, this 2015 gathering of world class thought leaders engages respective business and investment communities and academia, and applied research communities to explore how Saskatoon can be one of the powerhouses of businesses that can transform human, animal, and food science discoveries into business opportunities.

Getting to Great is the theme for this year’s 2020 Health Visions Conference series. This is the third such major gathering presented, wherein attendees explore the strong potential for Saskatoon to leverage world class assets and networks to provide products, services and solutions to the growing $7 trillion-a-year worldwide health market.

Register here.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Register for the CLS Annual Workshop for Teachers, Dec. 5– 7

This workshop is for high school and early undergraduate teachers interested in building a stronger connection between scientific research and education. It is the first step to participation in the Students on the Beamlines program. If you know of a teacher or professor that might be interested in attending, please share. Limited funding is available for travel expenses.

Register here.

 

 

 

6. Splitting water into hydrogen fuel

In an era of increasing energy demands, scientists are searching for the holy grail of chemistry: a way to use renewable resources, like solar power, to split water into hydrogen fuel.

Researchers hope to eventually produce hydrogen fuel with zero-emissions energy sources, like solar, mimicking photosynthesis and using existing CO2. But first, the water splitting process must be made more efficient.

CLS researchers Dr. Dongniu Wang (right) and Dr. Jigang Zhou are harnessing synchrotron techniques to rationally design a catalyst that could significantly reduce the energy that goes into water splitting.

“This work could not be done without help from the beamline scientists at SGM and SXRMB, as well as Dr. TK Sham and researchers at SWC,” says Zhou.

Read the full story on our website.

7. Hacking Health Saskatoon: Oct. 2 – 4

Hacking Health Saskatoon is a hackathon that brings together health and technology. The event aims to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line health problems. The hackathon is a fun, intense, hands-on event in which small teams tackle tough problems in a supportive community of peers and mentors.

For more information visit the website.

 

8. Stability and electronic characteristics of epitaxial silicene multilayers on Ag(111)

Silicene is an exciting two-dimensional atom-thick layer of silicon created by depositing silicon atoms onto a stabilizing substrate.

Single layers of silicene on the face of a silver crystal do not have electronic properties useful for creating a transistor, the basis of electronic devices. Separating these monolayers from their substrate is difficult; they degrade rapidly in air. It has been suggested that growing multiple layers of silicene on silver might address all of these problems simultaneously.

Using soft X-ray spectroscopy at the REIXS beamline, scientists Neil W. Johnson, David Muir, Ernst Z. Kurmaev and Alexander Moewes studied the characteristics of multilayer silicene samples of varying thickness. They found that after the initial monolayer is deposited, adding more silicon tends to create bulk-like silicon crystals instead of stacked silicene sheets, suggesting that multilayer silicene on Ag(111) is unstable and large-area sheets are not obtainable by this method. Their focus has now shifted away from the Ag(111) substrate to other candidate silicene hosts.

Read the complete article in Advanced Functional Materials (DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201501029)

 

 

 

 

 

9. New staff and now hiring

Andrey Grishin joins the Industrial Science group as the Business Development Leader for MX Services. He joins us from the Department of Biochemistry at the U of S where he worked as a Research Associate with Miroslaw Cygler. Andrey received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Lomonosov State University in Moscow, Russia and more recently received an MBA from Edward’s School of Business, here in Saskatoon.

 

 

 

 

 

Now hiring:

Job No. 813 - Project Scheduler
Job No. 812 – Radiation Specialist
Job No. 806 - Industrial Scientist, MX Services
Job No. 800 - Machine Director

Please visit our careers page for more information.

 


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