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.
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Ames Lab scientists’ surprising discovery: making ferromagnets stronger by adding non-magnetic element06/23/2017
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
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute has developed a computer program, called ParFit, that can vastly reduce the amount of time spent identifying promising chemical compounds used in rare-earth processing methods. Testing and developing more efficient and environmentally friendly ways of extracting rare-earth metals as speedily as possible is a primary goal of CMI. Rare-earth metals are vital to many modern energy technologies, but high commercial demand and mining challenges have made optimizing our country’s production and use of them of vital importance.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are now able to capture the moment less than one trillionth of a second a particle of light hits a solar cell and becomes energy, and describe the physics of the charge carrier and atom movement for the first time. Using time-resolved low frequency spectroscopy in the terahertz spectral region, the researchers explored the photo-excitations of a new class of photovoltaic materials known as organometal halide perovskites.