Membership Survey Results

Neutron beams provide unique information about materials, and cannot be replaced by other research techniques. In our membership survey, scientists and engineers who use neutron beam facilities all rated these facilities as important. They describe the barriers they face in using neutron beams as lack of operational support and difficulty in obtaining beam time in the face of high demand for these scarce resources. Continue reading Membership Survey Results

Special Meeting on the Future of Neutron Scattering – Save the Date!

Please reserve June 28, 1-2:30pm (Eastern Standard Time), for a special meeting of CINS to discuss the future of Canadian neutron scattering, and how you can be involved immediately to help forge that future.

At this meeting, more details on the Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI) will be presented, including its vision, scope, and progress with government.

The CNI is a working group of research leaders formed to establish a new framework for leadership, management and funding of Canada’s capacity for materials research with neutron beams, building on existing national and international resources, following the shutdown of the NRU reactor and expiry of Canada’s participation in the Spallation Neutron Source – both in 2018.

The meeting will take place as an online meeting using your computer and telephone.

Instructions to participate will be provided in an email from

Please contact if you do not receive the instructions.

Posted by / June 16, 2017 / Posted in Events

Neutrons assist in the development of sustainable electricity grids

With sponsorship from Tesla Motors, one ‘Gold medal’ Canadian scientist is using neutron beams in the quest to reduce the cost of energy storage technologies, which is vital for the widespread adoption of renewable energy sources and electric vehicles.

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Summer school success

The 13th Canadian Neutron Scattering Summer School was held at Chalk River Laboratories on May 15-19. The school hosted 23 participants from Canada and the United States, and featured in-depth lectures and hands-on experiments at NRU on a variety of neutron scattering techniques.

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Developing the Ultimate Lightweight Alloy for Cleaner Cars

Engineers from the University of Waterloo applied neutron beams in the development of a promising new magnesium alloy. In addition to being cost-effective, the material’s alloying elements ensure increased ductility and strength—paving the way for lighter, more energy-efficient vehicles. Continue reading Developing the Ultimate Lightweight Alloy for Cleaner Cars

2017 Gordon Research Conference on Neutron Scattering

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and Gordon Research Symposium (GRS) on Neutron Scattering will be held August 5-6 (GRS) and August (6-10) at the Hong Kong University for Science and Technology.  The GRC features a single plenary session format, in the Gordon Conference tradition, that focuses on in-depth discussion between the attendees, invited speakers and discussion leaders.  The GRS is organized for and by graduate students and postdocs, and includes both sessions with a scientific focus as well as sessions dedicated to professional development and issues of relevance to early career scientists.  This will be the inaugural GRS on Neutron Scattering, but we are hoping to make it a regular part of the overall GRC Neutron Scattering program in years to come.

The GRC program and poster are attached to this mailing, as is the poster for the GRS.  Registration for both the 2017 GRC and GRS in neutron scattering are now open.  As you’ll see the program is wide ranging and features an excellent slate of international speakers, and ample time for in depth and small group discussions.  Note that there will be contributed poster sessions and four contributed talks in the final program (these are not included in the attached program), drawn from the poster contributions of the registered attendees.

We have received generous international sponsorship and we are pleased to be able to offer some support to partially cover the costs of registration and accommodation – initially up to $500US with a preference for supporting qualified young neutron scientists.

You can apply by going to the following websites and following the instructions for attendees:

2017 GRC on Neutron Scattering:

2017 GRS on Neutron Scattering:

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Hong Kong in August for what we are sure will be very exciting GRC and GRS in Neutron Scattering!

Conference Posters and Schedules:

Announcement submitted by: Bruce D. Gaulin (McMaster University, Chair) and Masatoshi Arai (ESS, Vice Chair)


Posted by / April 19, 2017 / Posted in Events

Neutrons are essential in the search for new spintronic materials

Université de Montréal scientists use neutron beams in their search for materials that could have revolutionary applications in computing technology. Their search was made possible by fundamental discoveries that were recognized by the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.
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