SASKATOON – In Canada, over the last decade, synchrotron radiation has developed into one of the most valuable scientific tools for the investigation of new materials, bio-medical samples, and biological and chemical processes. Today, the University of Regina and the Canadian Light Source Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen existing research programs and to develop new programs and techniques in synchrotron science and its applications.

The MOU lays out a framework of technical and scientific collaboration in synchrotron science with the goal of building partnerships with industry and government organizations, increasing joint research events like workshops and seminars, improving the scientific community in Saskatchewan, creating mentorship and adjunct appointment programs, and to generally enhance the quality of scientific discovery already taking place.

“The CLS is one of the world’s great facilities for synchrotron research, so it is vitally important to strengthen an already great relationship with scientists close to home,” said CLS CEO Rob Lamb. “We have researchers from the University of Regina using this facility all the time, and this collaboration can get even better.”

The U of R is already active at the CLS with researchers and graduate students from the Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Communities working on projects like using the synchrotron for finding new techniques for soil remediation, and studying the emerging pollutants of pharmaceuticals and personal care products. There is also research on paleontology studies conducted through the U of R Department of Physics 

“The advanced technologies that the CLS offers allow our researchers to not only make new scientific discoveries, but also more discoveries,” said U of R Vice-President Research, Dr. David Malloy. “Every time a University of Regina researcher has beamtime at the CLS, their knowledge, skills, and understanding grows and this increasing the impact of their research.”  

With the MOU, both parties are confident that the relationship, expertise, and impact will improve and build capacity for Saskatchewan research and innovation.

About the Canadian Light Source

The CLS is the brightest light in Canada—millions of times brighter than even the sun—used by scientists to get incredibly detailed information about the structural and chemical properties of materials at the molecular level, with work ranging from mine tailing remediation to cancer research and cutting- edge materials development. The CLS has hosted over 2,500 researchers from academic institutions, government, and industry from 10 provinces and 2 territories; delivered over 40,000 experimental shifts; received over 10,000 user visits; and provided a scientific service critical in over 1,500 scientific publications, since beginning operations in 2005. More information on our website.


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