Ames Tribune staff writer Julie Ferrell talked recently with Ames Laboratory researcher Ikenna Nlebedim about his work in recycling rare-earth magnet waste. The project, funded by the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub headquartered at Ames Laboratory, successfully used magnet scrap collected from the factory floor to create new magnets. The story appeared in the Sunday, July 12 edition.
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Aljazeera America recently did a story on the demand and scarcity of rare-earth metals and spoke to Ames Laboratory scientist and Critical Materials Institute Director Alex King. The video also features stock footage from Ames Laboratory on rare earth recycling efforts underway as part of CMI research to reduce dependence on rare earths and diversify supplies.
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In a May 6 article, Forbes contributor Hillary Brueck writes about the race to develop magnetic refrigeration and interviewed Ames Laboratory scientist Vitalij Pecharsky. Pecharsky was part of a group of research scientists and refrigeration experts who came together at a workshop last week to assess the research field and try to figure out the next steps that will bring the tech to market.
R&D Magazine carried a story about Ames Laboratory research that uses cheaper and readily available cerium to replace more critical rare-earths in rare-earth magnets.
Mufit Akinc, who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall, knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab. But he’s determined to see one of his latest projects make it all the way to the marketplace where it can save energy and money.