You are here

The Critical Materials Institute announces two new industry members

Contacts:                                                                                                    For release: Aug. 18, 2015
Alex King, Director, Critical Materials Institute, (515) 296-4505
Laura Millsaps, Ames Laboratory Public Affairs, (515) 294-3474

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute has announced two new industry members: Eck Industries, Inc., and United Technologies Research Center.

The two companies join CMI’s broad-based collaborative research and development efforts aimed at relieving supply-chain weaknesses for rare-earth metals and other critical materials.  CMI includes four DOE national laboratories, seven universities, and other private sector members.

CMI Director Alex King credits the expanding industry partnerships for the success CMI has seen in its first two years turning focused scientific research into commercially viable technology.

“We spare no effort in accelerating the progress of technologies from the lab to the marketplace, and the biggest impact always comes when we have active and engaged industrial partners.”

Read more about CMI’s partnership with Eck Industries, Inc., HERE.

Read more about CMI’s partnership with United Technologies Research Center HERE.

The Critical Materials Institute is a Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. CMI seeks ways to eliminate and reduce reliance on rare-earth metals and other materials critical to the success of clean energy technologies.

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global problems.

Ames Laboratory is supported by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit