Public Release: 9-Nov-2017
Physical Review Letters 'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has discovered and described the existence of a unique disordered electron spin state in a metal that may provide a unique pathway to finding and studying frustrated magnets.
Their unique properties are of interest in the development of quantum computing and high-temperature superconductivity.
Public Release: 1-Nov-2017
ACS Catalysis One-step 3-D printing of catalysts developed at Ames Laboratory
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has developed a 3-D printing process that creates a chemically active catalytic object in a single step, opening the door to more efficient ways to produce catalysts for complex chemical reactions in a wide scope of industries.
Public Release: 23-Oct-2017
Nature Communications Ames Laboratory, UConn discover superconductor with bounce
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has discovered extreme 'bounce,' or super-elastic shape-memory properties in a material that could be applied for use as an actuator in the harshest of conditions, such as outer space, and might be the first in a whole new class of shape memory materials.
Public Release: 12-Oct-2017 Ames Lab receives $392,000 in funding to commercialize gas atomization design
The US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has received $392,000 in funding to commercialize a gas atomization nozzle design used to produce metal powders for manufacturing. In addition, the Laboratory will contribute in-kind matching funds of equal value for the project from private sector partner Ampal, Inc., a part of the United States Metal Powders group of companies.
US Department of Energy
Public Release: 3-Oct-2017
Journal of Materials Chemistry A Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
To take full advantage of biomass, lignin needs to be processed into usable components along with the plant cellulose. Currently, that process requires an acid plus high heat, or pyrolysis -- treating with high heat in the absence of oxygen. Besides being energy-consuming processing methods, the results are less than optimal. Ames Laboratory scientists are working to develop a method to deconstruct lignin in a way that is economically feasible and into stable, readily useful components.
DOE/Office of Science
Public Release: 29-Aug-2017
Carbon Ames Laboratory scientists move graphene closer to transistor applications
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory were able to successfully manipulate the electronic structure of graphene, which may enable the fabrication of graphene transistors -- faster and more reliable than existing silicon-based transistors.
Public Release: 23-Jun-2017
Chemistry of Materials Making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic elements
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.