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  • 08/01/2018

    Resource World Magazine writer Ellsworth Dickson is highlighting presentations from the Argus Specialty Metals Conference, held recently in Henderson, Nevada. The article explained the Critical Materials Institute's role in targeting advances using cobalt, manganese, gallium, indium, tellurium, platinum group metals, vanadium and graphite with a view to develop co-product and by-product strategies. CMI Director (at that time) Alex King spoke and detailed the work CMI is doing to identify new sources, possible substitutes and recycling efforts.


  • 08/01/2018

    MRS Bulletin writer Kendra Redmond authored an article Aug. 1 on research by Ames Laboratory scientists that discovered that that multilayer copper islands can form beneath the topmost layers of graphene in bulk graphite. As reported in a recent issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, they have now determined the optimal formation conditions and characterized the morphology of the islands.

  • 07/26/2018

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in collaboration with DOE’s Ames Laboratory, have reported an important and unexpected reaction mechanism — called “redox behavior” — on the surface of catalyst support materials that have application in the chemical industry.

  • 07/13/2018

    Forbes Magazine contributor Tom Coughlin writes about efforts to recover rare-earth materials from computer hard disk drives. Ames Laboratory's researcher Ikenna Nlebedim is leading an effort through the Critical Materials Institute to develop a low cost method for recovery of rare earths from shredded hard drives. The effort could provide a new source of rare-earth materials while also addressing the issue of e-waste recycling.

  • 07/12/2018

    Additive Manufacturing Today carried a story about the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) use of laser 3D metal printing to optimize a permanent magnet material that may make an economical alternative to the more expensive rare-earth neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) magnets in some applications. The magnet alloy is composed of cerium – a less expensive and more plentiful rare earth – cobalt, iron, and copper.