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.

Cleaning contaminated water with flax shives

Researchers from University of Saskatchewan use Canadian Light Source to examine why common agricultural byproduct an effective adsorbent for clearing pharmaceutical pollutants from water.

Orano Canada

CLS techniques provide powerful toolkit for modelling arsenic at McClean Lake.

Heating our homes with leftover canola

After years of meticulous research, Dr. Ajay Dalai’s exploration of canola meal pellets as an eco-friendly alternative to coal and natural gas for both heat and energy is poised to move into its next phases – scaled-up pellet production and commercialization.

Bats: Insights from bone microstructure

Bats are the only mammals to have achieved powered flight. Their bones reflect this novel ability among mammals, with long flexible wing bones. Dr. Janna Andronowski of the Memorial University of Newfoundland uses our BMIT beamline to see inside these bones to better understand the blood vessels and bone microstructure that gives bats their unique ability to fly.


Applying the ability of the Canadian Light Source to determine toxicity of various chemical states of nickel to protect the environment and workers during the nickel mining process.


Developing cutting-edge technology through the CLS to remotely sense natural gas pipeline leaks.


Developing a deeper chemical understanding of potash processing.


Understanding the mobility and toxicity of selenium


A collaboration with Chevron aiming to establish a greener method to lubricate car exhaust systems than ZDDP.


Determining the long-term impacts of uranium mining tailings.

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.

Surviving the deep freeze | Video

Fish, carrots and snow fleas rely on a common protein to survive when the temperature drops. Dr. Davies with Queen's University is using the CLS to study these special antifreeze proteins.

Shining a light on the past

Using the Canadian Light Source, Trinity College Dublin researchers have studied long term phosphorus storage and release in environmental systems, information help guide water quality management.

Addressing algal blooms and lake toxins | Video

Adam Gillespie with the University of Guelph is using the Canadian Light Source to look at phosphorus chemistry. This research could help with phosphorus-related problems such as algal blooms and toxins in lakes.

CLS Bison Project first collaborators announced

The Canadian Light Source is launching The Bison Project, a research experience built with a reconciliation action framework, in collaboration with several organizations beginning to the East of the facility.

Mapping metals in feathers

University of Saskatchewan and Environment and Climate Change Canada researchers have mapped metals in bird feathers, a technique that could help make environmental monitoring less destructive.

Keeping nuclear power safe

A new study uses the CLS to help ensure that waste from nuclear power plants remains safe and secure for thousands of years to come.

Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst

A new catalyst created by University of Toronto engineering researchers brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis — a system that, just like plants, would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy.

CLS joins PTRC to find solutions for oil industry

Innovation Saskatchewan and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre have announced funding for an innovative research collaboration headed by the University of Calgary and employing the Canadian Light Source.

From plant matter to jet fuel

Scientists from the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research have worked to turn plant material into ultra-clean fuels using CLS techniques.

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.