Canadian Light Source Inc.

Jeffrey Cutler
Chief Industrial Science Officer
Tel: (306) 657-3530

44 Innovation Boulevard
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 2V3

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The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is Canada’s national centre for synchrotron research and is a global leader and a recognized centre of excellence in synchrotron science and its applications.

Located in Saskatoon, the CLS is a highly advanced research tool that generates intense beams of brilliant light needed to view the microstructures of materials. One of the most powerful synchrotron facilities worldwide, the CLS offers industrial science solutions in advanced materials. Whether used to study failure of surface coatings or development of next generation lubricants, synchrotron research is a key tool in aerospace industrial research.

Research at the CLS is driving Canadian innovation leading to: 

  • The development of new materials for diverse applications ranging from faster computing to energy storage
  • Characterization of ceramic coatings on jet engine components at operational temperature
  • Mapping of stresses in the leading edge of turbine blades due to foreign object damage
  • Aid in the development of solid and liquid lubricants for applications in extreme environment, such as high and low temperature and the vacuum of space
  • 3-D structure determination for non-destructive analysis of electronic packages
  • Understanding the role of microcracks in the mechanical properties of brittle matrix composites such as carbon/carbon
  • Calibration of spectrometer components for deployment in geostationary satellites
    • Fabrication of micromechanical devices (MEMS) for space exploration
    • Chemical characterization of metallic glasses, alloys and carbon composite materials