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.
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Ames Lab scientists’ surprising discovery: making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic element06/23/2017
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered that they could functionalize magnetic materials through a thoroughly unlikely method, by adding amounts of the virtually non-magnetic element scandium to a gadolinium-germanium alloy. It was so unlikely they called it a “counterintuitive experimental finding” in their published work on the research.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has named Cynthia Jenks the next director of the laboratory’s Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, effective July 10.
Jenks currently serves as the assistant director for scientific planning and the director of the Chemical and Biological Sciences Division at DOE’s Ames Laboratory. She has also served as a co-lead for the “Energy Everywhere” initiative, a coalition of twelve national laboratories to develop solutions to convert diverse, distributed waste feedstocks into fuel and chemicals through modular