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Ames Laboratory and Japanese R&D organization discuss rare earths

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The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese energy and industrial technology research and development organization, held a bilateral meeting on rare-earth materials in Ames on September 10.

The meeting is the second meeting between the two groups since they signed a memorandum of understanding in 2013 to collaborate on rare-earth scientific efforts, including exchanging information and scientists.

To start the meeting, Tom Lograsso, deputy director of the Ames Laboratory and co-chair of the bilateral meeting, spelled out the goals to enhance Ames Laboratory and NEDO's research in rare earths.

"We're hoping for a lot of discussion about critical-materials efforts at NEDO, the Critical Materials Institute and Ames Laboratory," said Lograsso, "And we're planning to identify areas where we can all collaborate to accelerate the pace of research efforts."

Scientific sessions covered recycling of rare earths and development of new rare-earth-free magnetic materials.

"It is a great pleasure to discuss important R&D issues under this NEDO-Ames Laboratory bilateral memorandum of agreement in the fields of critical materials such as rare earths," said Tohru Nakamura, NEDO's director of electronic, materials technology and nanotechnology department. "We look forward to sharing more concrete and in-depth information about our rare-earth projects."


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