There are many services that we offer as the Industry Services group of the Canadian Light Source. On this page you will find a multitude of possibilities that we are capable of performing on a fee-for-service basis on behalf of our clients.

MX Services

Home to the Canadian Macromolecular Crystallography Facility (CMCF), the CLS offers advanced capabilities that go beyond protein crystallography, using a highly-productive insertion device beamline (08ID-1), as well as a bending magnet beamline (08B1-1). 

We pride ourselves on exceptional service with quick responses and fast turnaround, please check out the CMCF website for more information on the beamline capabilites as well as further information on sample management systems, shipping and more.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us!

Is protein crystallography critical for your research, but you lack the time to collect the data yourself?

Our experts can efficiently collect high quality MX data, from crystal screening to full data collection. Simply ship your samples to the CLS and let our experts take care of the rest, so that you can focus on the big picture.

Your data can be obtained remotely from our servers, or shipped back to you via an external hard drive sent with your samples.

Prefer collecting your own MX data, but without the hassle of travelling? Both CMCF beamlines are capable of remote access data collection using our in-house MxLIVE (sample tracking) and MxDC (data collection) software.

Simply ship your samples to the CLS to be pre-loaded for your beamtime by our staff, and you will have the ability to collect data from the comfort of your own office (or wherever you wish). Your data can be obtained remotely from our servers, or shipped back to you via an external hard drive sent with your samples. 

Contact us today to book your remote access beamtime!

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Full Service

Our dedicated scientists will work with you to develop an experimental outline based on your specific needs. All you need to do is send the samples and we will do the rest!

Full Service is an option that is available for any technique or application. Offering a complete package for our clients, Full Service includes everthing from experimental design, data collection, data analysis to a detailed final report.

Whether the client knows little about synchrotron science or has a specific idea of the technique they require, our knowledgable scientists will be able to work with the client to design an experiment that is perfectly tailored to their specific needs.

Contact us with any questions, and we will direct you to the appropriate individuals who will be able to collaboratively solve your problem!

"The collaborations that we have had with the Industry Group at the CLS have been necessary to understand the long-term stability of the waste that we generate."

- Joseph Essilfie-Dughan, Senior Geochemist, Orano

Mail-In Services

Would you prefer to skip the wait period of general proposal access and just send your samples for analysis? Try our mail-in program for quick access and expertly collected data!

  • Do you not have time to write a proposal and wait for the review score?
  • Do you require a fast turn-around time of a few weeks?
  • Do you require your work to be proprietary?
  • Do you want an expert scientist to obtain the best quality data?

If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, the Industrial Mail-In Service is what you have been looking for. 

The Process is Easy

  1. Contact the appropriate scientist listed for your application.
  2. Fill out the easy-to-use form and send to the scientist.
  3. Ship your samples to the facility and wait for the results!

If you require further work or if you would like to help with data analysis, please contact any member of the Industry Services group for assistance. 

Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction is a powerful technique for multiple applications. The Industry Services mail-in program is designed to offer high-quality data with a fast turn-around time. 

Synchrotron PXRD provides significantly greater sensitivity and spectral resolution, allowing for quantification of dilute phases and/or phases that are very similar in structure. In our experience, we have found PXRD to be a valuable complementary technique for XANES and EXAFS experiments, giving further insight into the composition of the samples, which helps with perfecting sample preparation and data collection for X-ray absorption.

Our PXRD mail-in program provides researchers with affordable, rapid access to high-quality data. Please contact our PXRD expert for more information.

For use of our mail-in program, please contact one of our scientists, complete the PXRD form and mail with samples. It is that easy!

Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction is a powerful technique for multiple applications. The Industry Services mail-in program is designed to offer high-quality data with a fast turn-around time. 

Small Molecule is a key technique for directly determining the strucuture of small molecules and gaining insights into ligand-receptor interaction in biomedical research and substrate-catalyst interactions in catalyst design. 

Our rates for the SM mail-in program are on a per sample basis with an average turn around time of a week. Please contact our on-site expert for more information.

For use of our mail-in program, please contact one of our scientists, complete the Small Molecule form and mail with your samples.

Mid-IR is a useful technique for solving unique industrial problems. The Industry Services mail-in program is designed to offer high-quality data with a fast turn-around time.

Mid-Infrared Spectromicroscopy offers both high-brightness, diffraction-limited spectromicroscopy as well as high special resolution and larger FOV chemical infrared imaging. This technique is ideal for imaging biomedical and biological materials, agricultural samples and other materials such as polymers, art specimens for infrared chemical analysis.

The Mid-IR mail-in program offers researchers the ability to view your sample using proprietary image viewing software, choose your own ROIs and obtain an estimate of time and cost. For more information on the Estimator wizard, click on the link below. For use of this service and contact information please select the Mid IR mail-in form.

Purchased Access

Do you feel like skipping the line and collecting data on your own terms?

Purchased access is available for experienced synchrotron users to obtain beamtime on any beamline without the hassle of writing a proposal and waiting for allocation. Typically, this process can take 6-8 monthswith no guarentee of being awarded time. If you are an expert user and would like to access our facility without the extended wait time, or you would like your research to be proprietary, purchased access beamtime is right for you. 

Are you an experienced user who would like to access a beamline without the hassle of writing a proposal? Or maybe you want some supporting evidence to your research? Purchased Access beamtime is available at the beamline of your choice. 

Purchased Access beamtime is available to experienced users that would like to expedite the process of accessing their beamline of choice. This option is available for both Academic and Industry clients with previous synchrotron experience.

Contact us for more information on rates and beamtime availability.

In need of specialized sample preparation equipment? Purchased access is available on a suite of offline equipment. Contact us about utilizing CLS equipment. 

A suite of offline equipment is available as fee-for-service on-site at the CLS. This service is offered to any interested clients, and does not need to be associated with use of the synchrotron. Please see below for the list of available offline equipment. Knowledgable staff is also available for assistance and training.

  • Ultra microtome (cryo attachment available)
  • Paraffin microtome
  • Cryostat
  • MID IR (offline IR)

Tax Credits & Funding Opportunities

SR&ED Tax Credit

  • Will the work that you conduct at the CLS contribute to the advancement of technology or scientific knowledge via experimentation or analysis?
  • Are you seeking to improve or develop new materials, products, devices or processes?
  • Regardless of whether or not there is a specific application in mind, could your research potentially expand the existing scientific knowledge base? 

The work you do at the Canadian Light Source may be eligible for Canada's Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax credit. The SR&ED tax credit is a source of non-debt and non-dilutive capital for eligible Canadian businesses to offset the costs of innovation.

The tax credit can cover costs related to:

  • Canadian wages and salaries
  • Canadian R&D-related contracts
  • Materials
  • Payments made to eligible research institutions

For more information:

Alliance Grants (NSERC)

  • Are you a university researcher looking to collaborate with the Industry Services group at the CLS?
  • Are you seeking financial support for your research?
  • Will your research generate new knowledge and/or technology to address complex challenges? Have economic, social, or environmental benefits for Canada? Support Canadian public policy?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then an Alliance Grant may be the funding opportunity for you! With the chance to receive $20,000 to $1 million CDN over the course of one to five years, your ability to contribute to Canada’s long-term competitiveness may justly be rewarded through this NSERC-funded prorgam.

For more information:

IRAP (NRC)

  • Are you a small to medium-sized business seeking to drive growth through innovation and technology?
  • Do you require financial assistance, advisory services, or connections to the best research and development expertise in Canada?

If your business meets the requirements, the work you do at the Canadian Light Source may be aided through the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP).

A major focus of the IRAP program is to help with the commercialization of technologies and the bringing of ideas to market.

For more information:

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The CONNECT Program

  • Do you belong to a small to medium-sized enterprise conducting or looking to conduct research in the bioproduct or cleantech sector in Canada?
  • Are you looking to develop a product or service relevant to the cleantech sector in collaboration with the Canadian Light Source?

The CONNECT Program is supported by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).

The CONNECT-ON Program

  • Do you belong to a small to medium-sized enterprise based in Ontario that is seeking to develop technologies related to the Circular Economy?

The CONNECT-ON Program is a unique subset of the NRC-IRAP-funded CONNECT Program that is intended to give funding opportunities to Ontario-based companies with intention to advance a product, process or service to market. This program may successfully provide hands-on technology development services to accelerate your company’s recovery and growth following the pandemic.

This program is specific to potential products or services related to the Circular Economy and may include one or more of the following aspects: production, distribution, consumption, re-use/repair/recycle, and/or the recycling sector. 

For more information on the CONNECT & CONNECT-ON Programs:

Horizon Europe

  • Are you a researcher looking to foster a global approach to research and innovation through use of the Canadian Light Source?

Horizon Europe is the largest research and innovation program ever, with over €90 billion of funding available on an international scale from 2021 to 2027.

 Horizon EU promotes the tackling of global challenges such as climate change, and helps to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. 

For more information:

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