Morgan Dehnel

Adjunct Professor

Medical Physics, Physics
Office: Suite #305 - 625 Front Street, Nelson, BC, Canada, VIL 4B6
Phone: 250.352.5162

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Beamline; ion source; beam diagnostic device development for accelerator produced medical radio-tracers; accelerator based medical therapy.

Courses & Teaching

Introduction to Medical Physics


Dr. Morgan Dehnel received his Ph.D. in Accelerator Physics from TRIUMF/UBC in 1995 for the study of axial injection systems for H¯ cyclotrons used for radioisotope production. Morgan is the Founder of D-Pace, Inc. (and its precursor DCL, 1995), and has been the Chief Science and Innovation Officer for both D-Pace and NZ’s Buckley Systems Ltd. (BSL) since 2014. Morgan has been an Adjunct Professor in Physics at UBCO since 2018. D-Pace has designed, commercialized, and manufactured equipment for sale to the particle accelerator industry since its inception. BSL manufactures D-Pace’s hardware, and systems, and has been instrumental in funding its Ion Source Test Facility, which has birthed over a dozen new products through several Ph.D. projects (U. Auckland/UBC students) over the past several years.





Research Interests & Projects

Innovative new ion source systems for semiconductor production, medical therapy, medical diagnostic tracers, industry, and discovery science.


MITACS Globalink 2017 – Characterization of an Innovative Penning Ion Source Optimized for He2+ Production
NSERC Engage 2017 – Optical fibre detectors for radiation beam characterization and dosimetry
NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Award 2014
NSERC Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Award 2015
Callaghan Innovation – R&D Fellow – Plasma Heated Volume Cusp Ion Sources
NRC IRAP – Resolved Turn-key Negative Ion Source Development Project
NRC IRAP – Prototype He++ Ion source
NRC IRAP – RF H- Ion Source Development & Commercialization
NRC_IRAP – Youth Green Physicist

Selected Publications & Presentations

NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, together with TRIUMF.

D-Pace has been recognized by the National Research Council of Canada as a “Canadian Innovation Leader”

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees


Was a member of the Industry Working Group for the USA DOE’s report on Accelerators for America’s Future in 2010

Founding member of Kootenay Association of Science and Technology

Was on the original Selkirk College R&D Advisory Board as a public member


Big technology in a small town: D-Pace finds success in Nelson, Imagine Kootenay

Particle-accelerator contracts speed growth of Nelson engineering company, CBC Morning Show, CBC – Bob Keating


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