Ames Laboratory's Cynthia Jenks, assistant director for scientific planning and division director of chemical and biological sciences, has been elected as a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jenks and four Iowa State University colleagues were elected AAAS Fellows for their "scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications."
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Paul Canfield, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has won a 2011 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in recognition of his outstanding work in synthesizing and characterizing materials in single crystal form.
The U.S. Department of Energy will fund two additional cutting-edge research projects at the Ames Laboratory through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies (REACT) program. The project are aimed at replacing rare-earths in magnets used for wind turbines and electric vehicles.
The Nobel Foundation has named Dan Shechtman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University and Israel's Technion winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Transistors and information storage devices are getting smaller and smaller. But, to go as small as the nanoscale, scientists must understand how just a few atoms of metals behave when deposited on a surface.
Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are studying the interaction of materials that are promising for use in nanoscale electronics: graphene and different types of metals. The team has discovered the rare-earth metals dysprosium and gadolinium react strongly with graphene, while lead does not.