Groundbreaking for SANS beamline at McMaster Nuclear Reactor

Construction of a beam hall that will house the McMaster Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (MacSANS) beamline began on October 14, 2016.

Source: McMaster Nuclear Reactor
Image: Ground-breaking ceremony; left-to-right: Bruce Gaulin (Director of the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research), Dr. Rob Baker (Vice President of Research), Chris Heysel (Director of Nuclear Operations). (Credit: McMaster University)

“SANS for Nanostructured Materials” is a $9M CFI and Ontario Innovation Trust project, which will build a modern small angle neutron scattering (SANS) beamline¬†at beam port 4 of the McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR). MacSANS will be the only SANS beamline in Canada. It will serve a broad user community to perform optimized neutron diffraction on nanoscale structure in the range from 1 to 100 nm, making contributions to understanding structure-function relationships in materials including plastics, biomaterials, and industrial alloys.

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