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  • 10/05/2015

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed molecular modeling simulations and new theoretical formulations to help understand and optimize catalytic reactions that take place in chemical environments where the reactant “ingredients” for catalysis are not well mixed.

  • 09/30/2015

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has developed a near ultra-violet and all-organic light emitting diode (OLED) that can be used as an on-chip photosensor. It’s a first in a rather specialized field of research to capture and manipulate light near the invisible end of the spectrum, around 400 nm in wavelength.

  • 08/18/2015

    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.

  • 08/10/2015

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 10, 2015—The Critical Materials Institute is celebrating its first commercial licensing agreement, a single-step technology to recover rare earth elements from scrap magnets.

    The membrane solvent extraction system was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Idaho National Laboratory, partner facilities of CMI.

  • 06/30/2015

    A new recycling method developed by scientists at the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, recovers valuable rare-earth magnetic material from manufacturing waste and creates useful magnets out of it. Efficient waste-recovery methods for rare-earth metals are one way to reduce demand for these limited mined resources.