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. The SSSC, which began in 2000, has been funded through the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and grants from NSERC, Western Diversification, and the Provincial government. The University of Saskatchewan provides on-going funding for the Centre to provide training to students and researchers from fields of health and life sciences, agriculture, and engineering. The SSSC has assisted in conducting experiments on structure and composition of materials, developing new analytical methodologies, and maintaining instruments in a research-ready mode.
The highly qualified SSSC staff members support both novice and expert users and facilitate interdisciplinary research in this core research Centre. The staff offer training in:
- Data acquisition on the facilities' instrumentation
- Mass Spectrometry
- X-ray Crystallography
- Cutting edge applied Biological Sciences
- Reactivity and functionality with Atomic Force Microscopy
- Confocal Raman Microscopy
- Laser Scanning Confocal Fluorescence Microscopy with Fast Lifetime Measurement Capability
The staff also collaborate in developing novel analytical techniques and conduct contract studies for researchers within and external to the University.
The instrumentation in the SSSC was funded through the following awards to University Professors. The total investment in research infrastructure at the SSSC exceeds $15,000,000.
How do I become a SSSC user?
Becoming a SSSC user requires a simple registration process. Please visit the dedicated section for SSSC registration found here
Where is the SSSC located?
The Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre is located in the Thorvaldson building basement on campus. For full contact details go here
How do I acknowledge the SSSC?
The Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC) is acknowledged for providing facilities to conduct this research. Funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the University of Saskatchewan support research at the SSSC.
What is "Evolution"? Do I need an account?
Evolution is the SSSC's equipment management website. Most users access Evolution to schedule equipment for their research. If you plan on using an instrument for research at the SSSC, an account is required.
How do I get an Evolution account?
You can register for an Evolution account online. Evolution is a separate website so you will need to register there. Please visit the Evolution account creation page
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