Scientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum. The researchers succeeded by overcoming some of the technical challenges presented in the fabrication of the platinum-zinc nanoparticles with an ordered lattice structure, which function best at the small sizes in which the chemically reactive surface area is highest in proportion to the particle volume.
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Iver Anderson, senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) on May 4, 2017.
Anderson joins 14 other inductees (including 6 historical inductees) who will be honored in an illumination ceremony at the NIHF Museum in Alexandria, Va., on May 3 and then presented awards in the 45th Annual Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 4. The induction ceremony will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Ames Laboratory scientist Javier Vela will spend part of July 2017 in São Paulo, Brazil, as a member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry’s (IUPAC) Young Observer Program.
CaloriCoolTM, an early stage research consortium led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, expects to test new materials for use in improved refrigeration technologies sometime this year. Because current residential and commercial cooling consumes one out of every five (or more) kilowatt-hours of electricity generated in the U.S., the consortium recently assembled a team of academic and industry scientists and engineers to continue research and development work on the challenge of radically improving the energy efficiency of refrigeration technologies.
The Science Center of Iowa will come alive on Saturday, April 8, with the sights and sounds of middle school and high school students excited about science.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, the DOE’s Ames Laboratory, and the Science Center of Iowa are partnering to offer a STEM Mentoring Café from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.