The Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory, has continued to find new solutions to problems caused by shortages of critical materials, primarily rare-earth elements.
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“The textbook said we should see slow, gradual and random. But what we saw? BOOM! Fast, explosive and organized!” said Michael Tringides, physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and a professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University.
Tringides is talking about the unusual atom movement he saw when they dropped a few thousand lead atoms onto a flat, smooth lead-on-silicon surface, all at low temperatures, and looked at an area just one-twentieth the width of a human hair.
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