Genetic mutations to cellulose in plants could improve the conversion of cellulosic biomass into biofuels, according to a research team that included an Ames Laboratory scientist. The team recently published its findings in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Homes Schools of Eastern Iowa staged a comeback to win the 2012 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Middle School Science Bowl on Feb. 25. The Home Schools team defeated Ames Middle School to advance to the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., April 26-30.
Ames Laboratory Offers Streamlined Partnership Agreement to Help Industry Bring New Technologies to Market02/23/2012
Ames Laboratory will participate in a pilot initiative to make it easier for private companies to utilize the laboratoriesâ€™ research capabilities. The program, Agreements for Commercializing Technologies, or ACT, will harness Americaâ€™s unique advantages in innovation to create jobs and accelerate the development of new clean energy technologies.
An international team of researchers, led by Pat Thiel, senior chemist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has discovered a new type of structural anomaly, or defect, that can appear in quasicrystals, a unique material with some crystal-like properties but a more complex structure.
Ames Laboratory's Technology is Used by One of the Winning Startups in Energy Department's "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" Challenge02/10/2012
Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies was announced by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu as one of the top three startup companies — based on a public vote and an expert review—in the "America's Next Top Energy Innovator" challenge. The Nevada, Iowa based company is using technology developed at the DOE's Ames Laboratory to efficiently produce a variety products using titanium powder.