The broad user base of SLOWPOKE-Toronto in research and teaching is both a source of strength (from the diversity and sometimes from the interactions of users from different disciplines) and of weakness (there is no centralized academic chain of command within the University through a single Departmental Chair and a single Faculty Dean).

The convenience of prompt, user-friendly access is a primary strength.

Another strength of instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is the generally non-destructive (or at least re-analyzable) nature of the procedure.

The best feature of SLOWPOKE-based INAA for long-term research projects is that the elemental calibrations are stable over long periods (decades).

INAA is one of the few (if not the only) analytical techniques that allows the direct bulk elemental analysis of solid samples.

SLOWPOKE-Toronto-based multidisciplinary researches lead annually to about 50 peer-reviewed publications in national and international journals and conference proceedings, and about 10 graduate theses and 20 undergraduate theses. SLOWPOKE Toronto, and hence the University of Toronto, is internationally recognized as a leader in INAA in many fields (see publications). Requests for international post-graduate positions/fellowships arrive at a frequency of 3-6 per year. Because of inadequate funding, none of these can currently be accommodated.

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