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About Ames Lab

Ames Laboratory is a government-owned, contractor-operated national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), operated by and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. For over 70 years, the Ames Laboratory has successfully partnered with Iowa State University, and is unique among the DOE laboratories in that it is physically located on the campus of a major research university. 

Many of the scientists and administrators at the Laboratory also hold faculty positions at the University and the Laboratory has access to both undergraduate and graduate student talent. 

Approximately 620 people are involved with the Laboratory either as full- or part-time employees or as Laboratory associates. Key areas of expertise are materials design, synthesis and processing; analytical instrumentation design and development; materials characterization; catalysis; computational chemistry; condensed matter theory; and computational materials science and materials theory. 

Ames Laboratory leads the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub, that is now in its second five-year funding cycle. The Critical Materials Institute brings together leading researchers from other DOE national laboratories, academia, and industry to develop solutions to domestic shortages of rare-earth materials and other materials critical to U.S. energy security. CMI researchers have disclosed more than 90 inventions, filed more than 50 patent applications, have been awarded six patents and licensed five technologies.

Ames Laboratory's newest research facility, the state-of-the-art Sensitive Instrument Facility, houses a compliment of next generation electron microscopy equipment for characterization of materials at the atomic scale.

Ames Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center prepares, purifies, fabricates and characterizes materials in support of R&D programs throughout the world. Ames Laboratory is the U.S. home to 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Dan Shechtman and is intensely engaged with the international scientific community, including hosting a large number of international visitors each year.

For more on the operation of Ames Laboratory, see the following:
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