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Ames Laboratory resesarchers collaborated on development of elastocaloric material using laser-engineered net shaping (LENS) equipment. READ MORE

Scientists and engineers at  Ames Laboratory are inspired by the idea that refrigeration could be radically improved—made cheaper, cleaner, and more energy-efficient—by abandoning vapor compression for solid-state caloric cooling -- systems that rely on the reversible thermal phenomena to supply cooling and heating when a magnetic, electrical, or stress field varies, e.g. magnetocaloric, electrocaloric, and elastocaloric respectively. READ MORE

In a recently published study in the journal ACS Central Science, the multi-institutional team, including Ames Laboratory scientists, reported a catalytic method for selectively converting discarded plastics into higher quality products, such as lubricant oils or waxes, which can be processed into everyday products like detergents and cosmetics. READ MORE

Ames Laboatory scientists and colleagues at the University of Nebraska have discovered a potential tool to enhance magnetization and magnetic anisotropy, making it possible to improve the performance of samarium-cobalt magnets.  READ MORE

Emily Smith, professor of chemistry at Iowa State and an Ames Laboratory associate, will participate in a one-year AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Read More