Government and Funding Agencies


The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) is part of the National Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), a non-profit private organization funded mainly by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI).


LNLS is responsible for operating the only synchrotron light source in Latin America. With open facilities that allow the execution of experiments in various techniques of microscopic analysis, the Laboratory benefits annually about 1,200 Brazilian and foreign researchers. The Laboratory also develops partnerships with the national industry in research, development and innovation in energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and others.


LNLS is currently building Sirius, a fourth generation synchrotron light source, planned to be one of the most advanced in the world. Sirius will be the largest and most complex scientific infrastructure ever built in the country.