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  • 10/02/2018

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute has taken a major step toward printed, aligned anisotropic magnets via additive manufacturing processes. The Energy Innovation Hub manufactured hybrid nylon bonded neodymium-iron-boron and samarium-iron-nitrogen magnet using the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • 10/01/2018

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is launching a four-year, $3.2 million project to develop software that will bring the power of exascale computers to the computational study and design of catalytic materials.

  • 08/30/2018

    A collaboration between scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main has computationally predicted a number of unique properties in a group of iron-based superconductors, including room-temperature super-elasticity.

  • 08/28/2018

    Two technologies developed by the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) have been named 2018 R&D 100 Award finalists. The finalists were announced last week by R&D Magazine and are presented annually to the top 100 scientific innovations as selected by independent panel of more than 50 judges representing R&D leaders in a variety of fields.

  • 08/28/2018

    An acid-free dissolution rare-earth magnet recycling process has earned a 2018 Notable Technology Development Award from the Federal Laboratories Consortium (FLC). Researchers at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) and Ames Laboratory invented a magnet recycling process in which magnets are dissolved in water-based solutions, recovering more than 99 percent purity rare earth elements. Cobalt is also recovered from cobalt-containing magnet wastes. The rare earth materials recovered have been reused in making new magnets, and the recovered cobalt shows promise for use in making battery

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