CNI in the National Post

Why Canada must not be shut out of the neutron technology it invented

September 28, 2017

“While neutron scattering continues to grow in importance and Canada enjoys international recognition as its ancestral home, its future here in Canada is nonetheless very much in doubt.”

“McMaster University and the University of Saskatchewan have formed the Canadian Neutron Initiative because we believe there is both a strong reason to maintain Canada’s proud place in this important field and a practical alternative to make it happen.”

Full Story in the National Posthttp://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/why-canada-must-not-be-shut-out-of-the-neutron-technology-it-invented

Originally published in The Conversationhttp://theconversation.com/why-canada-must-not-be-shut-out-of-the-neutron-technology-it-invented-84562

Canadian Neutron Initiative in Research Money

Highlights from “Scientists raise alarm over future of neutron beam research capacity” in the Sept 6, 2017 edition of Research Money:

Canadian researchers whose work relies on access to a neutron beam source have issued an urgent appeal to the federal government for stop-gap funding to offset the looming impact from the March 2018 closure of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor at Chalk River ON.  Continue reading Canadian Neutron Initiative in Research Money

CNI urges plan to address Canada’s looming shortage of neutron beams for materials research

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.

Continue reading CNI urges plan to address Canada’s looming shortage of neutron beams for materials research

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