Factsheets

There's a wealth of information about Ames Laboratory in the fact sheets available here. To open a printable pdf version, simply click on the thumbnail of the particular fact sheet in which you're interested. We will continue to add fact sheets on individual research efforts so check back and if there's something specific about Ames Laboratory that you'd like to know more about but can't locate, please check with us at info@ameslab.gov.

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Science into Action

Research at the Ames Laboratory has generated a number of spin-off companies and generates $16 of economic activity for each and every dollar of the Lab's $39 million annual budget.

 

Critical Materials Institute

Ames Laboratory is leading this $120 million innovation hub that will focus on technologies that will make better use of the critical materials we have access to as well as eliminate the need for materials that are subject to supply disruptions.

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Rare Earths Info Card

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

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Key Facts

Go here for general information about Ames Laboratory including budget, workforce and areas of scientific research.

Did You Know?

... that Ames Laboratory is a leader in the field of quasicrystal research? Find out more about the unique qualities and characteristics that make Ames Laboratory what it is.

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Scientific Heritage

From its beginnings as part of the Manhattan Project, the Ames Laboratory has always been involved in materials research but over the years, research has taken the Laboratory in other directions as well.

Programs and Research Thrusts

Learn about the various research programs and specific research thrusts at Ames Laboratory.

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Research Programs

A listing of specific research programs and contacts for each of those areas.

Materials Preparation Center

The Materials Preparation Center at Ames Laboratory is a Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering specialized research center. The MPC prepares, purifies, fabricates and characterizes research sized quantities of rare-earth, alkaline-earth and refractory materials.

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Multiplexed Capillary Electrophoresis

This R&D 100 Award-winning technology is a DNA sequencer that uses hair-like glass capillaries to analyze the chemical composition of multiple samples at one time.

Lightweight Flexible Solar Panels

Lightweight solar electric systems, that can be rolled up for storage or transportation and unrolled for use, are significantly more portable and rugged than traditional crystalline or polycrystalline photovoltaic units.

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Lead-free Solder

In an effort to keep the lead found in consumer electronics out of landfills, where it can leach into drinking water supplies, Ames Laboratory researchers developed a tin-silver-copper solder that's been adopted worldwide.

 

Tools for Inspecting Aircraft Components

In response to a need to analyze structural integrity of aircraft components without damaging the parts being inspected, Ames Laboratory researchers developed ultra-sonic non-destructive testing equipment that can identify cracks and other defects.

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Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spec

Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, a technology pioneered at Ames Laboratory, is a widely used method for elemental and isotopic analysis. Its applications range from routine monitoring of mercury and arsenic in drinking water to the discovery of new elements.

Inspiring Future Generations

Ames Laboratory supports a number of educational programs that help train the next generation of scientific researchers. From Science Bowl competitions for middle school and high school students to internships for undergraduates, the Lab is a training ground.

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A Technology Transfer Giant

Ames Laboratory has a history of moving technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace, generating more licensing revenue than much larger counterparts in the National Laboratory system.