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Physics professor wins Canadian Light Source research award

Posted on 2020-09-28 in Science & Technology, Alumni, Research, Scholarly & Artistic Work

Dr. Robert Green (PhD), an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, is the recipient of the 2019 Young Investigator Excellence Award from the Canadian Light Source. (Photo: Canadian Light Source Inc.)

By Chris Putnam

Dr. Robert Green (PhD), a faculty member in the University of Saskatchewan (USask) College of Arts and Science, is the recipient of the 2019 Young Investigator Excellence Award from the Canadian Light Source (CLS).

Green, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, is the first USask researcher to win the award, which has been offered since 2015.

“Receiving this award truly is a great honour. Researchers all over the world use the Canadian Light Source, and ground-breaking research is happening there all the time. So to be recognized in this way really means a lot to me,” said Green.

Located at USask, the CLS is Canada’s national synchrotron research facility. More than 1,000 academic, industry and government scientists conduct research at the facility each year.

The Young Investigator Excellence Award recognizes an early-career researcher who has shown excellence in published research or technical contributions using the CLS.

Green’s research focuses on condensed matter physics and the development of new materials, including those that could be useful in building revolutionary new electronics. He is also involved in developing new instrumentation at the Canadian Light Source to enhance future research.

Green was chosen for the Young Investigator Excellence Award based on his contributions to developing transmission-luminescence detection for X-ray absorption spectroscopy and for his work in X-ray reflectometry.

The physics and engineering physics professor holds three degrees from USask, including his PhD in physics, completed in 2013. Green has authored or co-authored 52 publications in his field since 2011.

As the recipient of the Young Investigator Excellence Award, Green will give a presentation on his research at the CLS’s Annual Users’ Meeting on Oct. 7.


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