The Critical Materials Institute, led by Ames Laboratory, has created a new chemical process using the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to produce cyclohexanone, a key ingredient in nylon production. Read more

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Critical Materials Institute Director Alex King gives a presentation during CMI's second annual renewal review on March 4.

Ames Lab Director Adam Schwartz and Associate Director for Sponsored Research Administration Deb Covey explain BAM, a low-friction, high-wear coating, to State Senator Jerry Behn (center) during ISU Day at the State Capital on Feb. 23. The annual event features exhibits of Iowa State University research to better acquaint state legislators with what's happening on campus. Go HERE for an ISU video on the event.

Ames Middle School students confer on a bonus question enroute to a 66-16 victory over Central Academy of Des Moines to capture the 2015 Ames Laboratory Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Members of the Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories hear a presentation by Materials Preparation Center Director Larry Jones (left) on work done at the MPC in preparing samples for research entities throughout the world.

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