Introduction to the SSSC

Located in the historic Thorvaldson Building in the centre of the U of S campus, the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre (SSSC) is the main core shared major analytical instrument facility at the University of Saskatchewan.

The SSSC, which began in 2000, has been funded through funding from Canadian Foundation for Innovation and grants from NSERC, Western Diversification and the Provincial government. The most recent grant, awarded in 2013, is providing funding for major upgrades of the Centre’s NMR. MS, X-Ray, and SPR instrumentation. The University of Saskatchewan provides on-going funding for the Centre to provide training of students and researchers from all fields of physical, health and life science, agriculture and engineering, to assist researchers to conduct experiments on structure and composition of materials, to develop new analytical methodologies and to maintain the 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 theory, data acquisition on the Centre’s instrumentation and interpretation of results, specifically in structure determination of molecules using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and x-ray crystallography, and in leading edge applied biological sciences in structure, 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.