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  • On December 10, Danny Shechtman, an Ames Laboratory and Iowa State Unversity scientist, was presented the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals. Shechtman, who is also a researcher at Technion in Israel, made his discovery in 1982 by identifying a material that had an "impossible" five-fold symmetry to its crystalline structure.  To find out more about Shechtman's discovery, his Nobel Prize selection, and Ames Lab's involvement in quasicrystal research, click on Read More.

  • Ames Laboratory senior physicist Paul Canfield was a guest editor for the August issue of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin that was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity. Canfield, and co-editor David Larbalestier, assembed the authors for the issue, guided the writing and co-authored the introduction and overview to the issue.

  • This video from President Obama about the importance of clean energy was taped during his recent visit to the Allison Transmissions plant in Indianapolis, Indiana.  His address underscores the significance and the value of the work we do every day across the DOE complex to tackle America's energy challenges.

  • On Tuesday, May 10, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu released the 2011 Department of Energy Strategic Plan, which outlines the broad, cross-cutting and collaborative goals that stretch across our complex. It is to serve as a blueprint for DOE to help address the nation’s energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.

  • Rare-earth elements will still be hard to come by, but the supply situation is improving, particularly for U.S. companies that rely on those materials, according to the top official of the only rare-earth mining company in the western hemisphere. Mark Smith, president and CEO of Colorado-based Molycorp Minerals, shared his views on the rare-earth industry as keynote speaker on April 7 at the “Symposium on Rare Earth Materials” sponsored by the ISU chapter of the Materials Research Society.