Developing batteries with 10 times the energy storage

Researchers from Western University gain deeper understanding of all-solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries, which could lead to EVs that cost less to purchase, travel further on a single charge, and are safer to drive.

Better batteries for a better future

A team of scientists from the United States, Canada and Germany are tackling one of the largest challenges of our generation — reliable energy storage.

Engine additive could help save on gas

A research team from Texas used the CLS to develop a new additive for automotive engine oil that reduces harmful emissions, increases fuel efficiency and improves durability.

Perovskite solar cells | Video

University of Toronto's Sam Teale discusses his research on healing defects in perovskites used in solar cells - using the BXDS sector at the CLS synchrotron.

Going organic

uOttawa team are realizing the limitless possibilities of wearable electronics using CLS synchrotron techniques.

Turning straw into gold?

University of Calgary researchers have made advances towards using the power of the sun to convert biomass like wheat straw into hydrogen fuel and value-added biochemicals.

Creating the best TV screen yet

A breakthrough in blue quantum dot technology could make the colours on our TVs and screens more pristine. University of Toronto researchers used the CLS to bring this technology closer to our homes.

Longer-lasting cell phone batteries

Phosphorene is attracting a lot of attention lately in the energy and electronics industries, and for good reason. Western University researchers are using the material to help batteries last longer.

Helping to neutralize greenhouse gases

Researchers from the University of Waterloo used the CLS to create an affordable and efficient electrocatalyst that can transform carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and could help businesses.

A path to carbon-neutral plastics

Improved catalyst transforms renewable electricity and waste CO2 into ethylene, one of the world’s most widely-used commodity chemicals.

Peering inside blown-up batteries

To understand how battery pillowing happens, CLS scientist Toby Bond performed highly detailed CT scans on lithium-ion batteries before and after pillowing.

Stronger, Better, Solar Cells

About half of Canada’s residential electricity needs could be met if solar panels were installed on the roofs of residential buildings. At a single atom thick, graphene was the first 2D crystal ever discovered. It is a great candidate for solar cells because it is transparent, stronger than steel, and a better conductor than copper. It also can’t corrode. Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan aim to harness these qualities into a more efficient solar cell by modifying the material with oxygen to make a better charge collector. To do this, they take a close look at graphene oxide’s unique electronic signature.