The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team led by The Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security. The new research center -- the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) -- will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector.
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Scientific research at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory continues to garner high marks. The just released FY2012 DOE Laboratory Performance Report Card awards Ames Lab an A- for Mission Accomplishments (Science and Technology), a key performance measurement area. This high grade reflects a continuance of the same high standard of excellence achieved in this area in 2011.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have been awarded 45 million processor-hours of computer time on Titan, recently named the worldâ€™s premier open science supercomputer. They will use the enormous computational capability of Titan to identify promising compositions of new magnetic materials that do not contain rare earth elements, which are increasingly in short supply. Stronger non-rare earth permanent magnets are critical to replace the current rare earth magnets for energy efficient electric drive motors (used in hybrid and electric vehicles) and
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered new ways of using a well-known polymer in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which could eliminate the need for an increasingly problematic and breakable metal-oxide used in screen displays in computers, televisions, and cell phones.
Tom Barton of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has been elected president-elect of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. He will be president-elect in 2013, president in 2014 and immediate past-president in 2015. Among his leadership priorities is improving elementary and secondary science education in America.