On November 10, 2016, the ECS Calgary Student Chapter organized an Analytical Techniques Workshop at the University of Calgary. The focus of this event was on techniques available at the University of Calgary, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), superconducting quantum interference device development (SQUID), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The presenters included Drs. Xiaoan Li, Simon Trudel, Michelle Forgeron, Maria Josefina Perez Zurita, Philip Egberts, and Kalpana Singh.

The background session was in the morning with each speaker giving a 15-20 minute overview, introducing the technique fundamentals, followed by hands-on experiments in the afternoon. In the morning session, operating principles were introduced and in the afternoon session, the students were broken up into smaller groups to attend the practical component of the workshop, where students were shown how to operate the instruments in the laboratory. The event had a successful turnout, with over 70 attendees from the Chemistry Department and the Schulich School of Engineering from the University of Calgary. Based on the great success of this workshop, the ECS Calgary Student Chapter committee is considering establishing this type of workshop as an annual event.

Researchers and faculty speakers from the University of Calgary presenting fundamentals and conducting live demos of various analytical techniques.


 ECS Calgary Student Chapter members at the 2016 Analytical Techniques workshop (top). 2016-2017 ECS Calgary executive committee members (bottom).