Canadian Neutron Initiative (CNI)
CINS offers this page to the research community as a collection of information about the CNI. Representatives of government, universities, and other institutions seeking official CNI information are welcome to contact the CNI’s chair, Karen Chad at the University of Saskatchewan.
Support for the CNI
“World-class research and innovation require large, national-scale science facilities that are accessible and maintained at the state-of-the-art. Neutron beam facilities are critical tools for materials research and technology development in areas such as clean energy, clean transportation, heath, and food security. The Canadian Neutron Initiative proposes a single program for orderly stewardship of Canadian access to neutron-beam facilities for a decade beyond the imminent closure of Canada’s primary source of neutron beams – the NRU reactor”
– Prof. Art McDonald, Nobel Laureate in Physics (2015), Queen’s University
CNI working group executive leadership
CNI working group participants
More Supporting Institutions
… and more to be added soon!
CNI working group observers
“Neutron beams are essential and unique tools for evaluating the reliability of critical components for the automotive industry.”
– Glenn Byczynski, R&D and Engineering Manager for USA and Canada, Nemak
“Research using neutron beams provided critical knowledge needed to understand the phenomenon of cracking in feeder pipes which was impacting some of Canada’s nuclear power plants. This understanding allowed inspections of feeders across the industry to be targeted to areas of vulnerability. As a result, radiation dose received by plant inspection staff significantly reduced, and plant downtime was also decreased.”
– Paul Spekkens, (Retired) Vice-president of Science and Technology Development, Ontario Power Generation (2004-2016)
“We would welcome a Canadian partnership, because attracting strong communities facilitates our mission as the world’s flagship centre for neutron science. The Canadian research community has an excellent record of applying neutrons for materials research and innovation, and many Canadian companies are experienced in supplying nuclear facilities.” – Dr. Helmut Schober, Director of the world’s leading neutron source, the Institut Laue-Langevin, based in France.
“Canada, centred around the Chalk River reactor, has been pioneering in the techniques and applications of neutron scattering for over 50 years from the early development of triple axis spectroscopy to the later industrial exploitation in engineering problems. Although the reactor is closing in 2018 the ongoing value of the skills base in institutes and universities that has grown up over that period, for both basic research and industrial applications, should not be underestimated.” – Robert McGreevy, Director of the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (United Kingdom)