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  • 12/06/2018

    An op-ed piece in the Des Moines Register, written by ISU President Wendy Wintersteen and Ames Laboratory Director Adam Schwartz touts the value of the work being conducted at the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory.

    The piece talks about the prevalence of rare-earth and critical materials in everyday electronics and concludes with the following:

  • 11/05/2018

    CNBC carried a story by Adam Isaak on rare earths, primarily neodymium, that are used in everything from headphones to Teslas and how China controls the world supply. The story quotes Critical Materials Institute deputy director Rod Eggert on the uses of rare earths as well as the former U.S. production at the Mountain Pass mine in California. The story also includes a short video on neodymium.


  • 10/25/2018

    Former Ames Laboratory Director and Critical Materials Director Alex King has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Acta Materialia Hollomon Award for Materials and Society. King, who is a  Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, will receive the award during the 2019 TMS Spring Meeting and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas.

  • 10/03/2018

    Ames Laboratory scientist Paul Canfield was part  of a team of researchers, led by Brookhaven National Laboratory, whose findings could lead to a universal explanation of how two radically different types of materials—an insulator and a metal—can perfectly carry electrical current at relatively high temperatures. The iron-selenide crystals used in the experiment were synthesized and characterized at Ames Laboratory.

  • 10/03/2018

    R&D Magazine carried an online story on Ames Laboratory's four-year, $3.2 million project to develop software that will bring the power of exascale computers to the computational study and design of catalytic materials.

    Ames Laboratory scientist Mark Gordon, also the Francis M. Craig Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University, will lead the laboratory’s project. Old Dominion University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, and EP Analytics are named as partner institutions in the effort.