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A celebratory handshake after Fumio Ueda (left), executive director of NEDO, and Thomas Lograsso (right), interim director of the Ames Laboratory, signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on rare-earth scientific efforts and to exchange information and scientists.

 

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Ames Laboratory and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese energy and industrial technology R&D organization, signed a memorandum of understanding on Sept. 10 to promote cooperation between the two agencies in rare-earth and critical-materials research.

The memorandum establishes a framework for Ames Laboratory and NEDO to collaborate on rare-earth scientific efforts and to exchange information and scientists.

“I’m very excited about the memorandum of understanding. This MOU will provide the foundation for the Ames Laboratory and NEDO to explore common interests in and share information on rare-earth research and other critical materials. The MOU will help both organizations with the global perspective on these materials,” says Deb Covey, Ames Laboratory’s director of technology transfer and commercialization.

Ames Laboratory and NEDO signed the MOU as part of inaugural events for the Critical Materials Institute, which is led by the Ames Laboratory. The NEDO delegation members were special guests at the CMI opening ceremony and attended the CMI overview presentations.

“I’m very happy to have this MOU event because this MOU will pave the way for reinforcement in the field of critical materials, such as rare earths, in the pivotal bilateral relationship between the United States and Japan,” says Tohru Nakamura, NEDO’s director of electronic, materials technology and nanotechnology department.

~ by Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi