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Material Facts

An overview of key facts about Ames Laboratory.

The Ames Laboratory Story ...

From its beginnings as part of the Manhattan Project, Ames Laboratory has always been involved in materials research.


Critical Materials Institute

Ames Laboratory is leading this Energy Innovation Hub focused on technologies that make better use of materials and eliminate the need for materials that are subject to supply disruptions.


Rare Earths Info Card

This handy pocket card highlights the rare earth elements and provides information concerning Ames Laboratory's historical involvement in rare earth research, the Critical Materials Institute, and the Materials Preparation Center.

Cool, World-changing Science?

Ames Laboratory is the smallest of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Labs, but we are mighty in scientific achievement. Our reputation was launched by our contributions to the Manhattan Project during WWII, but we haven’t rested on that success. Our science has global reach.

Materials Synthesis

Ames Laboratory has the nation’s most comprehensive facilities for advanced materials synthesis. We enable science through our synthesis capabilities and new innovations in the science of synthesis.

Top-notch Characterization

Ames Laboratory has an extensive range of
unique characterization tools for materials design and discovery.

Theory Behind the Materials

Computational materials discovery, design, and characterization relies on advanced theories, innovative algorithms, and associated software that predict material and chemical properties. All are areas in which Ames Laboratory excels.

What kind of science do we do?

Let us count the ways. We’ve built programs that reflect our multi-disciplinary, cross-cutting approach to scientific discovery.

Materials available nowhere else!

Ames Laboratory’s Materials Preparation Center (MPC) is a specialized research center internationally recognized for its unique capabilities in the purification,
preparation, and characterization of metals, alloys, and single crystals.

What's the Future of Science?

At Ames Laboratory, we believe in the future of science and that means reaching, teaching, and training students in the science we are doing right now. From elementary-school children to community college and graduate students and faculty, we offer programs that INSPIRE minds about scientific discovery.