The University of Saskatchewan and McMaster University have issued the following press release on behalf of the Canadian Neutron Initiative, on :
University-led group urges plan to address Canada’s looming shortage of neutron beams for materials research
A non-profit group of Canadian university and industry researchers says Canada must act now or it will lose access to a critically important scientific tool—neutron beams—when the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River closes in March of 2018.
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→
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 AnyMeeting.com.
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.
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.