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Located in the historic Thorvaldson Building on the University of Saskatchewan campus; the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC) resides as the largest shared analytical instrument facility on campus.

Student Training

Our quality services and thorough training sessions are guided by our highly experienced and specialized staff. At the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre, we offer the opportunity to learn one-on-one with our experts.

Analytical Services

In addition to our research and training, we also provide professional analytical services for small academic groups or industry.

Welcome To The Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre

The SSSC is a multidisciplinary research laboratory where academic and industry research is conducted. Researchers in Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences use the $15M of instruments and components to conduct research. Highly trained professional staff in the SSSC teach and assist researchers with structure determination and spectroscopy. Over 1000 highly qualified personnel (HQP) have received hands on training and over 50 industries have utilized the SSSC through academic or contract research. SSSC staff work with researchers to develop interdisciplinary research methods and hybrid instruments to solve problems. The SSSC’s unique open access model for an advanced research laboratory has invigorated multidisciplinary research. The laboratory is staffed by funds from the Office of the Vice President of Research and it is equally accessible to all researchers on campus. The expert user from traditional disciplines is guaranteed access to a well-maintained instrument and the non-expert can expect assistance to develop experiments and interpret data. SSSC staff facilitate transfer of knowledge between disciplines, collaborations and new research development between disciplines. Access to the SSSC is 24 hours per day, year-round.

Our Facilities

Within our research facilities we have rigorous, ongoing research from students and experts alike. In addition to our growing user base community, our facilities are continuously updated with the latest instruments and equipment. Below you can find more information about each laboratory.

Publication Highlights

Recent News

  • Protecting High-Tech Devices from Cosmic Rays

    If the “dog ate my homework” excuse won’t work anymore, kids today might try out “a cosmic ray bombarded my computer with subatomic particles and I lost everything!”. It might sound far-fetched, but as our high-tech gadgets shrink in size, the tiny circuits inside them are becoming more and more vulnerable to particles from space. These so-called “soft errors” can affect everything from computers to cardiac defibrillators and airplane equipment...

  • U of S Chemistry Professor Wins National Award for Research in Solar Energy

    The award is presented annually to recognize excellence by a scientist carrying out research in physical, theoretical or computational chemistry or chemical physics. Steer is widely recognized as an outstanding researcher in photochemistry, photophysics and molecular fluorescence spectroscopy. His research on the behaviour of organic molecules that absorb light is leading to new insights in the field of solar energy...

  • Giving today’s students skills for tomorrow

    Today’s students are tomorrow’s professionals, who are called upon to solve problems. For physicists and engineering physicists, that requires understanding the tools in the laboratory and optimizing techniques to get the best results...

  • Li Chen among CFI grant recipients

    Two Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) scientists are among the 12 University of Saskatchewan research leaders who have received more than $2.2 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for their research projects...

  • Funding Supports U of S Research in Food, Medicine, Energy, and Advanced Technologies

    The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded $3.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for three projects totaling $9.5 million that will help solve economically significant agricultural and health problems and enhance the global scientific leadership of the Canadian Light Source on campus...

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