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Feature Stories

  • The Materials Preparation Center is celebrating 35 years of providing the world's highest quality rare-earth metals and custom alloys that researchers and industry can find nowhere else. Take a look at MPC's history and what takes place in the southeast corner of the Metals Development building. (11/3/2016)

  • Eight out of the past 10 years, Ames Laboratory chemist Aaron Sadow has mentored a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) student. Sometimes the mentorship has been for the 10-week summer program and sometimes for the 16-week semester program.  On occasion, he’s mentored more than one student at a time. (6/9/2016)

  • Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. A group of researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory hope to develop the pieces of that puzzle to create a clearer picture of what takes place within a plant and how that applies to its downstream uses as biomass. (5/11/2016)

  • In the 1990s, Dean Jens and Doug Fuller were high school students playing on teams from Ankeny High School that were competing to secure coveted spots in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl (NSB) ® competition. Today, they’re professionals, fathers, and devoted alumni whose annual volunteer commitment to the NSB allows them to give back to a competition that helped shape their lives. (4/25/16)

  • Scientists at U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are turning to the world of computation to guide their search for the next new material. (4/19/16)