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.
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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.
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.
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.
Paul Canfield, Ames Laboratory senior physicist and Iowa State University Distinguished Professor and the Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected to receive a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his achievements to date – fundamental discoveries, new theories, insights that have had significant impact on their discipline. He'll be spending time in Germany collaborating on research into compounds with magnetic states that can be adjusted to create new states when fragile states are suppressed.