Discover Neutrons For Materials Research


Clean Energy Production:  Engineers study materials for electricity generation that does not produce greenhouse gases including hydroelectric, wind, solar, and nuclear energy.

Health: Life scientists develop better coatings for medical devices and study biomolecules such as cholesterol, vitamin E, and proteins that play roles in diseases like infant respiratory distress syndrome.

Cleaner, More Reliable Vehicles: Engineers study metal alloys, looking for ways to make reliable, light-weight parts for cars that will boost fuel efficiency, thereby paving the way for electric or hydrogen vehicles.

Everything is made of materials.  That means cars, planes, computers, power plants, solar panels, medical devices, food, and even our own bodies – everything.


By improving our understanding of the way that materials work, and applying that knowledge to solve problems, we can make advances in most aspects of our lives.

Electric Vehicles and Clean Energy Storage: Chemists study the structures of new materials for batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen-storage and other technologies to get our cars off fossil fuels, and extend the use of clean energy.

Planes: Engineers are studying materials to make jet engines more fuel-efficientreduce scrap waste and production costs, to improve the lifetime of critical parts, and to advance methods to repair engines.

Future Breakthrough Technologies: Physicists study quantum materials including superconductors and spintronic materials to revolutionize energy conservation, computers and medical diagnostics.

Ships: Defense researchers study new methods for repairing Canadian ships, and our allies are now advancing one of these methods further to save money on high-speed, light-weight ships.

Oil & Gas: Engineers study materials to help to decide when to replace pipeline sections to prevent leaks, or to develop more reliable components for harsh conditions.

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Nuclear Security: Engineers study materials to reduce threats with technologies to prevent the spread of weapons and to identify illicit materials.

Other Industries: Engineers study metal products to increase safety and performance, and boost competitiveness of Canadian industry.

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