Novel Materials Preparation & Processing Methodologies


Project Leader(s):
Thomas Lograsso

Principal Investigators:
Iver Anderson, Paul Canfield, Lawrence Jones, Thomas Lograsso, R. William McCallum


The growth, control and modification of novel materials in single crystal and polycrystalline form, represent a national core competency that is essential for scientific advancement within and across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and are critical components of the USDOE Basic Energy Sciences' mission. In support of this mission, the Novel Materials Preparation and Processing Methodologies project strengthens the materials synthesis efforts of the Ames Laboratory.

The objectives of Novel Materials Preparation are to quantify and control processing-structure-property relationships: the basic science of how chemical inhomogeneities and structural defects affect properties of highly responsive materials; advance the ability to synthesize and characterize high purity, high quality materials, primarily in single crystal form; develop unique capabilities and processing knowledge in the preparation, purification, and fabrication of metallic elements and alloys.

Our efforts are grouped into three areas:

  1. growth-based activities that have focused on identifying the operating limits for solution growth methods by defining stable growth regimes,
  2. materials-focused investigations of highly responsive materials systems where synthesis challenges often limit the science and where careful control of synthesis structure relations are vital for understanding materials behavior,
  3. development of single crystals facilities that broaden and enhance our growth capabilities to address a wider range of materials.

In addition, the Materials Preparation Center, a specialized research center managed through the BES Synthesis & Processing core research area, provide high-purity, high-quality, and well-characterized materials in support of scientific research programs at the Ames Laboratory the general scientific community.


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Lazpita P; Barandiaran J M; Chernenko V A; Garcia B V; Tajada E D; Lograsso T; Schlagel D L . 2014. Magnetic properties of Ni40+xMn39-xSn21 (x=0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 at.%) Heusler alloys. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 594:171-174. abstract
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Elkin F S; Zibrov I P; Novikov A P; Khasanov S S; Sidorov V A; Petrova A E; Lograsso T A; Thompson J D; Stishov S M . 2014. Thermodynamics of the ferromagnetic phase transition in nearly half metallic CoS2 at high pressures. Solid State Communications. 181:41-45. abstract
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Zhang Q; Tian W; Li H F; Kim J W; Yan J Q; McCallum R W; Lograsso T A; Zarestky J L; Bud'ko S L; McQueeney R J; Vaknin D . 2013. Magnetic structures and interplay between rare-earth Ce and Fe magnetism in single-crystal CeFeAsO. Physical Review B. 88:174517. abstract
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Nlebedim I C; Levin E M; Prozorov R; Dennis K W; McCallum R W; Jiles D C . 2013. Magnetic and Thermoelectric Properties of Cobalt Ferrite. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 49:4269-4272. abstract
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Hahn S E; Tucker G S; Yan J Q; Said A H; Leu B M; McCallum R W; Alp E E; Lograsso T A; McQueeney R J; Harmon B N . 2013. Magnetism dependent phonon anomaly in LaFeAsO observed via inelastic x-ray scattering. Journal of Applied Physics. 113:17e153. abstract
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Li T Q; Patz A; Mouchliadis L; Yan J Q; Lograsso T A; Perakis I E; Wang J G . 2013. Femtosecond switching of magnetism via strongly correlated spin-charge quantum excitations. Nature. 496:69-73. abstract
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Ramazanoglu M; Lamsal J; Tucker G S; Yan J Q; Calder S; Guidi T; Perring T; McCallum R W; Lograsso T A; Kreyssig A; Goldman A I; McQueeney R J . 2013. Two-dimensional magnetic interactions in LaFeAsO. Physical Review B. 87:140509. abstract
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Liu Y; Tanatar M A; Kogan V G; Kim H; Lograsso T A; Prozorov R . 2013. Upper critical field of high-quality single crystals of KFe2As2. Physical Review B. 87:134513. abstract
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Hahn S E; Tucker G S; Yan J Q; Said A H; Leu B M; McCallum R W; Alp E E; Lograsso T A; McQueeney R J; Harmon B N . 2013. Magnetism-dependent phonon anomaly in LaFeAsO observed via inelastic x-ray scattering. Physical Review B. 87:104518. abstract
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Bud'ko S L; Liu Y; Lograsso T A; Canfield P C . 2012. Hydrostatic and uniaxial pressure dependence of superconducting transition temperature of KFe2As2 single crystals. Physical Review B. 86:224514. abstract
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