The ECS Calgary Student Chapter organized an analytical techniques workshop on November 13, 2018, at the University of Calgary that focused on demonstrating the relevance and importance of materials characterization methods to students. It was intended to familiarize students and researchers with recent technical advances that have been developed over the years. The workshop was mainly focused on the structure-property correlations and how these could be unraveled using simple characterization methods. Another goal of the workshop was to focus on analytical techniques that are readily available at the University of Calgary, including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The topics were discussed and presented by professors and postdoctoral fellows from the University of Calgary, including Prof. Simon Trudel, Dr. Hossein Jiriyaeisharahi, Dr. Vinayaraj Ozhukil Kollath, and Dr. Kalpana Singh.

The workshop was held in two sessions: one focused on theoretical components and the other on practical operation. The theoretical session was conducted in the morning. In this session, each speaker was given approximately 30 minutes to introduce the technique fundamentals, operating principles, etc., followed by a period of questions and answers. Whereas in the afternoon session, the chapter organized students into smaller groups to attend the practical component of the workshop in different labs. Similar to the previous analytical techniques workshop that the chapter held in November 2016, this event had a successful turnout, with over 70 attendees from the Chemistry Department and Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Based on these achievements, and having received very encouraging feedback from participants, the chapter’s committee members will consider establishing this workshop as an annual event.

The Calgary Student Chapter would like to acknowledge CREATE ME2 (Materials for Electrochemical Energy Solutions) and the GSA Quality Money Program for co-sponsoring this workshop.