Ames Laboratory researcher Matt Kramer talks about work to develop rare-earth-free manganese permanent magnets.
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Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth, from the mix of other materials in a magnet.
Ames Laboratory scientist Jigang Wang talks about research into a new way to switch magnetism that is at 1000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies.
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz talks energy efficiency and his priorities for his term as the new leader of the Department of Energy.
The Ames Laboratory Director Alex King talks about the goals of the Critical Materials Institute in diversifying the supply of critical materials, developing substitute materials, developing tools and techniques for recycling critical materials, and forecasting materials needs to avoid future shortages.
Ames Laboratory interim Director Tom Lograsso's 2013 State of the Lab address, delivered on May 23, 2013.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese energy and industrial technology R&D organization, signed a memorandum of understanding today to promote cooperation between the two agencies in rare-earth and critical-materials research.
As the global middle class grows, so does demand for the scarce elements used to make our cell phones and other gadgets. Alex King and his team at the Critical Materials Institute use science to steer us away from a supply chain shortage of critical materials called "rare earth metals". In ancient civilizations, running out of bronze gave rise to the use of inferior iron, and the collapse of empires.
To meet one of the biggest energy challenges of the 21st century-- finding alternatives to rare-earth elements and other critical materials-- scientists will need new and advanced tools.