A leap forward for affordable solar power

University of Toronto researchers used the CLS to gain insight into solar cell material in hopes to make solar power more efficient and affordable.

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.

Inside rechargeable batteries | Video

MIT Scientists are using CLS to understand how the chemistry of rechargeable batteries shifts and help guide battery design.

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.

UBC team finds oxide material behaves similarly to its metal counterpart

Quantum materials are the basis for many emerging quantum technologies, but the extent to which individual elements are understood depends on scientists’ ability to produce these materials in the lab.

Preparing for the next generation of batteries

University of Manitoba researchers identified the potential to use polymer composites as electrode matrices in lithium-ion batteries.

Bright light and powerful math leading the way to better LED lighting

University of Saskatchewan scientists have worked at the Canadian Light Source develop deep insight into two types of light emitting crystals for next-generation LEDS.

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.

Powering the future of clean energy

Canadian researchers work towards harnessing the potential of hydrogen as an energy source for everyday use.

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 highly promising sustainable battery for electric vehicles

McGill University researchers show that affordable materials could prove key for improving the batteries used in electric vehicles.

Enhanced tandem solar cells set new standard in converting light into electricity

A collaboration between U of T Engineering and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has created two-layered solar cells that successfully combine traditional silicon with new perovskite technology.

The future of electronics is bendy

Scientists used the Canadian Light Source to discover new materials that could help make electronics stretchable.

Using crystal materials to improve electronic devices and artificial intelligence

Certain types of rare earth materials can be manipulated to either conduct or resist electricity, a trait that could make it easier to manufacture electronics or even emulate nerve cells, according to research from an international team of scientists using the CLS.

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.

Canadian researchers extend the life of rechargeable batteries

Carbon coating that extends lithium ion battery capacity by 50% could pave the way for next-generation batteries in electric vehicles.

Using reed waste for sustainable batteries

Montreal researchers hope to use the CLS to help create bio-based, high-performance fuel cells and metal-air batteries, which could be used in electric cars.

Improving engine performance and fuel efficiency

A study conducted at the Canadian Light Source suggests reformulating lubricating oils for internal combustion engines could significantly extend the life of your vehicle.

Synchrotron researchers uncover lost images from the 19th century

Researchers, using the CLS, have improved the process of restoring centuries-old daguerreotypes.

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.

Light source helps development of safe and durable high-temperature lithium-sulfur batteries

Researchers have developed safe and durable high-temperature Li-S batteries using by a new coating technique called molecular layer deposition (MLD) technology for the first time.

Saving sunshine for a rainy day: New catalyst offers efficient storage of alternative energies

Researchers from the University of Toronto have designed a more efficient catalyst for energy storage by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Canadian physicists discover new properties of superconductivity

An international team of physicists has come one step closer to understanding the mystery of how superconductivity, an exotic state that allows electricity to be conducted with zero resistance, occurs in certain materials.

Foldable tablets, wrap-around TVs, and the next generation of electronics

With applications that are nothing short of science fiction, it is no wonder that graphene-based research continues to fascinate scientists.

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.