Latest News Releases

  • 12/16/2011

    Ames Laboratory's Cynthia Jenks, assistant director for scientific planning and division director of chemical and biological sciences, has been elected as a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jenks and four Iowa State University colleagues were elected AAAS Fellows for their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."

  • 11/30/2011

    Paul Canfield, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, has won a 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in recognition of his outstanding work in synthesizing and characterizing materials in single crystal form.

  • 11/07/2011

    The U.S. Department of Energy will fund two additional cutting-edge research projects at the Ames Laboratory through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies (REACT) program. The project are aimed at replacing rare-earths in magnets used for wind turbines and electric vehicles.

  • 10/05/2011

    The Nobel Foundation has named Dan Shechtman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University and Israel's Technion winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

  • 09/27/2011

    Transistors and information storage devices are getting smaller and smaller. But, to go as small as the nanoscale, scientists must understand how just a few atoms of metals behave when deposited on a surface. 

    Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are studying the interaction of materials that are promising for use in nanoscale electronics: graphene and different types of metals. The team has discovered the rare-earth metals dysprosium and gadolinium react strongly with graphene, while lead does not.

  • 08/08/2011

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies have joined forces in DOE’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge to create jobs in Iowa. The program gives start-up companies the opportunity to sign an option to license technologies created by national laboratories at reduced costs. 

  • 06/08/2011

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean Institute of Industrial Technology, or KITECH. The agreement promotes international collaboration in rare-earth research.

  • 06/08/2011

    Bone is one of nature’s surprising “building materials.”  Pound-for-pound it’s stronger than steel, tough yet resilient.  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have identified the composition that gives bone its outstanding properties and the important role citrate plays, work that may help science better understand and treat or prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

  • 05/17/2011

    Tanya Prozorov, a scientist at the U.S.  Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will take an unprecedented look at how magnetic nanocrystals grow thanks to a DOE Office of Science Early Career Research award.  Prozorov was one of just 65 researchers (21 from the National Laboratories) selected from about 1,150 applications to the program, which is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by supporting “exceptional researchers during the crucial early years of their scientific careers when many scientists do their most formative work.”

  • 05/02/2011

    Home Schools of Eastern Iowa took home top honors in two categories and Ames High School won one award at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl (NSB) held in Washington, DC. April 28-May 2.