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  • 03/26/2015

    Iver Anderson, Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist, has been named a 2015 Fellow of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). Anderson is one of six new Society members who have earned the highest award bestowed by TMS, which recognizes members for their outstanding contributions to the practice of metallurgy, materials science, and technology. The 2015 Fellows were recognized at the 144th TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition held March 15–19, 2015.

  • 03/18/2015

    The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon. The process uses a cerium-based material made into nanometer-sized particles with a palladium catalyst to produce cyclohexanone, a key ingredient in the production of nylon. Traditional methods of producing cyclohexanone involve high temperatures and high pressure, and necessitate the use of hydrogen.

  • 02/26/2015

    Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. Rare-earth metals are valuable ingredients in a variety of modern technologies and are found in cell phones, hard disk drives in computers, and other consumer electronics, which are frequently discarded for newer and more up-to-date versions.

  • 02/23/2015
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    AMES, Iowa -- Ames Middle School repeated as champion of the 2015 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl here on Feb. 21, defeating Central Academy of Des Moines 66-16 in the championship match. In the semi-final match, Central Academy defeated Spencer Middle School 88-26.Ames advances to the represent the region at the National Science Bowl®, to be held April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the finals competition.

  • 01/27/2015

    West Des Moines Valley defeated Bettendorf 72-32 in the championship match to win the 25th Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional High School Science Bowl. Valley will advance to represent the region at the National Science Bowl®, to be held April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the finals competition.

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