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:
"CMI-developed technologies are already in use in many areas and have led to several patents and licenses. CMI recently produced rare-earth magnets entirely sourced within the U.S. and also developed a recycling process that turns discarded hard disk drives into new magnetic material, helping mitigate the environmental and economic obstacles typically associated with mining e-waste for valuable materials.
Ensuring that our supply of critical materials remains stable is now more important than ever. Through partnerships with industry, interdisciplinary know-how, and a network research model that expedites discovery and deployment, CMI is uniquely positioned to deliver an enduring capability, serving as one of our nation’s first lines of defense against actual or threatened shortages of these essential materials."