Current SSSC Staff Members

Dr. Keith Brown
Research Officer
Jason Maley
Research Officer
Ken Thoms
Instrument Technician
Dr. Wilson Quail
Professor Emeritus
Dr. Ramaswami Sammynaiken
Manager of the SSSC
Dr. Suzanne Abrams
Director (acting)
Dr. Keith Brown
Research Officer

Office Thorvaldson 192
Phone (306) 966-1725
Email brownk@chem4823.usask.ca
Website http://chem4823.usask.ca/chem112/kbrown.html
http://chem4823.usask.ca/nmr/practical_nmr.html

Research Officer, is a NMR spectroscopist and has both teaching and technical responsibilities in the Chemistry Department and in the SSSC shares responsibilities to: maintain the operation of the four NMR spectrometers; instruct researchers on operation of NMR spectrometers; offer theory workshops on NMR spectroscopy; maintain NMR software including implementation of new pulse sequences; function as the general Linux IT consultant.

Jason Maley
Research Officer

Office Thorvaldson 194
Phone (306) 966-1722
Email j.maley@usask.ca

Mr. Maley’s has responsibility for the Biophysical instruments (CD, DLS, SPR, ITC, Perfusion Chromatography) and the Materials instruments (AFM and Raman). Mr. Maley maintains all instruments under his primary responsibility and partakes in new developments. He keeps up with new developments around the instruments and offers users the complete package from operational instruction to data analysis for individual researchers and groups.

Ken Thoms
Instrument Technician

Office Thorvaldson 192
Phone (306) 966-1704
Email ken.thoms@usask.ca

Technician in the Chemistry Department with technical responsibilities primarily in the area of mass spectrometry. Mr. Thoms manages the SSSC mass spectrometry facility, assists with other instruments when needed and plays a significant role in instrument fabrication. Mr. Thoms is also the primary vacuum technologist in the SSSC. Mr. Thoms is responsible for data acquisition and experiment development for most experiments. Researchers trained to use the mass spectrometer work under the guidance of Mr. Thoms.

Dr. Wilson Quail
Professor Emeritus

Office Thorvaldson G90
Phone (306) 966-4663
Email wilson.quail@usask.ca
Website http://artsandscience.usask.ca/profile/JQuail

Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, is an honorary member of the SSSC. Professor Quail is responsible for small molecule x-ray crystallography.

Dr. Suzanne Abrams
Director (acting)

Office Thorvaldson 190
Phone (306) 966-1719
Email sue.abrams@usask.ca

Dr. Sue Abrams, B.Sc in Chemistry Carleton 1972, Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry Dalhousie 1977, holds the position of SSSC Acting Director, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Chemistry. Sue has many years of experience as a research scientist at the NRC in Saskatoon in plant hormone research directed at development of novel plant growth regulators, with over 170 publications in peer reviewed journals. She also has managed the NRC’s analytical lab and research programs at the NRC in Saskatoon from which she retired in 2012.

Previous Directors

Prof. Dale Ward
Director 2006-2012

Prof. Marek Majewski
Director 2004-2005

Prof. Ron Steer
Director 2001-2004

Prof. Bruce Waygood
Interim Director 2000-2001, 2005-2006
Dr. Ramaswami Sammynaiken
Manager of the SSSC

Office Thorvaldson G81
Phone (306) 966-4373
Email ras962@campus.usask.ca
Publications via Google Scholar

Dr. Sammynaiken was instrumental in setting up and establishing the SSSC as a multidisciplinary research centre. He is the principal contact for the SSSC. He has responsibility for running the centre and the laboratory as well as support research enhancement and in acquisition of new instrumentation. His research interests are in the defect induced charge redistribution and functionality of materials.