Discover Neutrons For Materials Research


Clean Energy Production:  Engineers study materials for electricity generation methods that do not produce greenhouse gases including hydroelectric, wind, solar, and nuclear energy, to make them more reliable or cost-effective.

Health and Food Security: Life scientists are developing better cancer treatment, and better coatings for medical devices. They study biomolecules such as cholesterol, vitamin E to unravel the mysteries of our bodies. They study plants to develop drought-resistant crops.

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 batteriesfuel cells, 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, medical diagnostics and even the Internet of Things.

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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