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Whether its helping to convert cars to clean fuels, generating knowledge for better health, or leading to tomorrow's discoveries, materials research using neutron beams makes impact.

Canadian Neutron Initiative

The CNI is a pan-Canadian effort in a response to the imminent loss of an irreplaceable tool – neutron beams – essential to Canada’s clean economy, security and health goals, beginning in March 2018. The CNI proposes a pragmatic, cost-effective solution to this urgent public policy challenge, aiming to sustain access for Canadians to an irreplaceable critical scientific tool, today and tomorrow. It proposes to establish a new framework for stewardship of Canada’s capability for research with neutron beams.

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Using Neutrons to Design More Efficient Cars and Boats

Using the probing power of neutron beams, Professor Dimitry Sediako at the University of Br...

70 Years of Neutron Beams for Materials Research: The CNBC Releases Its Final Activity Report

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Report Examines Impact of Canadian Research Using Neutron Beams on Canada’s Innovation Economy

The Canadian Neutron Beam Centre (CNBC), a national research facility in Chalk River, Ontar...

Parliamentary Committee Recommends Implementation of the Canadian Neutron Initiative

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA)  recommended, in its De...

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The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

The Future of Neutron Scattering in Canada

With the shutdown of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor in 2018, planning is needed to secure access to neutron beams at foreign facilities and to rebuild our domestic capabilties.

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What makes neutrons irreplaceable?

What makes neutrons irreplaceable?

Researchers use a suite of tools to study materials. The knowledge generated using neutrons is complementary to, and cannot be replaced by, any other tool.

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How Does A Neutron Beam Facility Work?

How Does A Neutron Beam Facility Work?

Neutron beamlines direct neutrons onto a material being studied under controlled conditions and detects how the neutron beams change as a result.

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Impacts today and tomorrow

Impacts today and tomorrow

Materials research using neutron beams makes impact, whether its helping to convert cars to clean fuels, generating knowledge for better health, or leading to tomorrow's discoveries.

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