Scientists at the Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have observed magnetic properties typically associated with those observed in rare-earth elements in iron. These properties are observed in a new iron based compound that does not contain rare earth elements, when the iron atom is positioned between two nitrogen atoms. The discovery opens the possibility of using iron to provide both the magnetism and permanence in high-strength permanent magnets, like those used in direct-drive wind turbines or electric motors in hybrid cars.
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Adam Schwartz has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory operated by Iowa State University. Schwartz currently serves as division leader of the Condensed Matter and Materials Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and also coordinates LLNLâ€™s projects for the Critical Materials Institute, a $120 million DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory. He will begin his duties in Ames on June 2, 2014.
Costas Soukoulis, senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University and associated member of IESL-FORTH in Greece, has won the 2014 Max Born Award from the Optical Society of America. The award honors a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to the scientific field of physical optics.
Two participants in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) research program at the DOE's Ames Laboratory have been awarded prestigious scholarships, one from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program and the other from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program.
Nanoparticles assembled in new ways hold the promise of a wave of new high-tech materials that could offer high strength, enhanced magnetic properties, light reflectivity or absorption, use as catalysts and much more. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed a theoretical model to explore the effect of polymer coatings, including DNA, for self-assembly of nanocubes into so-called superlattices.