If you happen to walk through Spedding Hall, you might have to dodge construction work and pallets of new lab fixtures and equipment. A number of laboratory spaces have been or are being remodeled to house entirely new research groups or new, specialized equipment.
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Platinum is an archetypical catalyst used for a variety of applications, including fuel cells, electrolyzers, and processes involved in the production of renewable chemicals. Unfortunately, the use of platinum as a catalyst is cost prohibitive. A variety of options is available to mitigate the cost, one of which includes synthesizing high surface area platinum catalyst. Most often, the catalysts synthesized for fuel cells and electrolyzers consist of platinum deposited on a high surface area carbon support.
Australian Mining, the leading news source for the mining industry in Australia, carried a story on research Ames Lab researcher Paul Canfield into an iron compound which shows evidence of developing magnetic permanence similar to that typically shown in rare-earth compounds.
A delegation from Ames Laboratory and the Critical Materials Institute traveled to Japan May 19-20 for the first meeting on rare metals under a bilateral agreement with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a Japanese energy and industrial technology R&D organization. (05/22/14)
R&D magazine carried a news release on work by Ames Lab researchers creating a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs. The key component is a nanoparticle that is able to perform two processing functions at once for the production of green diesel, an alternative fuel created from the hydrogenation of oils from renewable feedstocks like algae.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.
Diamonds have the reputation as flawless, sparkling gems. In scientific applications, their hardness is used to test the highest pressure levels. But researchers at the Ames Laboratory plan to exploit defects in diamond's crystal structure, known as nitrogen vacancy centers, to build a device that will give them the ability to visualize magnetic fields produced by magnetic nanostructures. (05/07/14)
|Tom Sager, husband of EHS&A program coordinator Julia Sager, shot a 39 to win the 39th Annual Early Bird Golf Tourney, held April 18 at Honey Creek golf course in Boone.|
|Ames Lab's annual Red Cross Blood Drive on April 29 collected 33 units. A total of 42 people presented to donate but nine were deferred or unable to donate a full unit.|