Two technologies developed by the Critical Materials Institute have been named 2017 R&D 100 Award finalists. The finalists were announced earlier today by R&D Magazine and are presented annually to the top 100 scientific innovations as selected by independent panel of more than 50 judges representing R&D leaders in a variety of fields.
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The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub, has fabricated magnets made entirely of domestically sourced and refined rare-earth metals. And that’s important, because rare-earth magnets are used in a wide and ever-increasing number of modern technologies, and the ability to produce them domestically could have broad positive impact on national economy and security.
Scientists can now locate oxygen in the structure of catalysts with a precision of one-trillionth of a meter07/10/2017
A major new application of Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has led to the ability to examine the chemical structure of catalysts with a spatial resolution of less than a picometer, or one-trillionth of a meter. That capability enables scientists to better understand, and design more effective catalysts for the production of fuels and high value chemicals
Ames Laboratory senior physicist Paul Canfield is part of a team of scientists that has found evidence for a new type of electron pairing that may broaden the search for new high-temperature superconductors. The findings, described in the journal Science, provide the basis for a unifying description of how radically different “parent” materials—insulating copper-based compounds and metallic iron-based compounds—can develop the ability to carry electrical current with no resistance at strikingly high temperatures.