Public Release: 30-Jun-2015 New CMI process recycles magnets from factory floor
A new recycling method developed by scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, recovers valuable rare-earth magnetic material from manufacturing waste and creates useful magnets out of it. Efficient waste-recovery methods for rare-earth metals are one way to reduce demand for these limited mined resources.
Public Release: 22-May-2015 Ames Laboratory intern awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Former Ames Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship student William Robin Lindemann has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Lindemann is a senior at Iowa State University majoring in materials science and engineering.
National Science Foundation
Public Release: 24-Apr-2015
Advanced Materials Ames Laboratory scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines
Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that's similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing magnets and could make wind turbines less expensive to manufacture.
Public Release: 25-Mar-2015
ACS Catalysis Rare-earth innovation to improve nylon manufacturing
The Critical Materials Institute, a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon.
DOE/Office of Science
Public Release: 26-Feb-2015 New CMI process recycles valuable rare-earth metals from old electronics
Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, headquartered at the Ames Laboratory, have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. The process uses differences between the solubility properties of difference elements to separate out rare-earth metals.
The Department of Energy
Public Release: 21-Oct-2014 Ames Laboratory scientist receives award for advancing diversity
Javier Vela, scientist with the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and an assistant professor in chemistry at Iowa State University, has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in Chemical Sciences.
Public Release: 21-Oct-2014
Physical Review Letters Could I squeeze by you?
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine the optimal diameter of channels within the nanoparticles to maximize catalytic output.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science
Public Release: 12-Aug-2014 Ames Laboratory's Thiel winner of 2014 Welch Award
Pat Thiel has been named the 2014 winner of the American Vacuum Society Medard W. Welch Award, which recognizes outstanding research in the fields of materials, interfaces and processing. Thiel, who is a faculty scientist at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and a Distinguished Professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, is recognized for her 'seminal contributions to the understanding of quasicrystalline surfaces and thin-film nucleation and growth.'
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