Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory are revealing the mysteries of new materials using ultra-fast laser spectroscopy, similar to high-speed photography where many quick images reveal subtle movements and changes inside the materials. Seeing these dynamics is one emerging strategy to better understanding how new materials work, so that we can use them to enable new energy technologies.
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Testifying as a witness to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources of the Canadian House of Commons, Alex King, director of the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy research hub at the Ames Laboratory, said that rare-earth metals and other materials critical to existing and emerging technologies are facing global shortages now and in the future.
Igor Slowing, a scientist at the Ames Laboratory and adjunct professor of chemistry at Iowa State University, keeps a genealogy tree on the wall of his office--with names, dates, and pictures.
Only it's not family history; it's academic heritage. (02/25/14)
PhysOrg.com ran a feature about Ames Lab senior metallurgist Karl Gschneidner's selection for the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science.
Ames Middle School made a clean sweep of the 2014 Ames Laboratory Regional Middle School Science Bowl here Saturday. They won all three of their morning qualifying matches, then won four matches in the championship round to take the title. They will also join the Ames High School team in representing the Region at the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. April 24-27.
Students participating in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI), Community College Internship (CCI) and Faculty and Student Teams (FAST) programs at Ames Laboratory are using that hands-on laboratory research experience to advance their careers. Find out how! (02/20/14)
Middle school students from across Iowa will gather in Ames on Feb. 22 to compete for the 2014 Ames Laboratory/Iowa State University Regional Science Bowl championship and the right to represent Iowa at the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl in Washington DC in April.
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. And the Critical Materials Institute at the U.S. Department of Energyâ€™s Ames Laboratory has a new one: a 3D printer for metals research.
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