|The annual State of the Lab address had messages from both the outgoing Director Alex King and incoming interim director Tom Lograsso. King stepped down from his post in order to devote his full-time attention to heading the Critical Materials Institute and Lograsso has been appointed to oversee the Lab until a search can be conducted to find a new director.|
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|Ames Lab employees were honored for service ranging from 10 years to 60 years during an awards luncheon held May 6 at the ISU Memorial Union. John Corbett was recognized for 60 years, Karl Gschneidner for 55 and Doug Finnemore for 50 years.|
Dr. Ernest Moniz was sworn in as the nationâ€™s 13th Secretary of Energy by Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in a ceremony May 21 for the Departmentâ€™s employees, kicking off a busy first day that includes briefings on energy and national security as well as remarks to the 2013 Energy Efficiency Global Forum. Moniz was confirmed by the full Senate in a vote of 97-0 on May 16.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy, replacing Steven Chu. The vote was 97-0, with three senators (Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma; and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas) missing the vote. Moniz has served on the faculty of MIT since 1973, with a research focus on energy technology and policy.
Melanie Rutherford of Materials World talks with Ames Lab Director Alex King about the global rare earth supply challenge, work with a Nobel Prize winner and why he'll always have a preference for chalk. The interview appears in the June 2013 issue.
A pdf version of the article is available HERE.
|Melanie Rutherford of Materials World talks with Ames Lab Director Alex King about the global rare earth supply challenge, work with a Nobel Prize winner and why he'll always have a preference for chalk. The interview appears in the June 2013 issue.|
We are preparing oxazolinylborate-coordinated group 9 compounds for catalytic hydrogen transfer. Our motivation for this work is that manipulation of hydrogen, as part of organic molecules, is extremely important for energy-related applications. These application include oxidation state control for transformations of oxygen-rich biomass and oxidation/functionalization of petrochemicals.
To control heterogeneous catalysis at atomic and electronic-level represents one of the most challenge research areas. Using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as hosts of metal nanoclusters, we could reach an atomic and electronic-level control of heterogeneous catalysts. MOFs, as novel template materials for the synthesis of metal nanoclusters, have great potentials for catalysis due to their structural diversity, flexibility and tailorability, as well as high porosity.
Students will work on a project aimed to prepare smart nanodevices for catalyzing sequences of chemical reactions to convert biomass into biorenewable fuels and chemical commodities. The nanostructured materials will be composed of organic and inorganic species that will work cooperatively to effectively promote chemical conversions behaving like nanosized assembly lines. The students will be trained in the synthesis and characterization of hybrid mesoporous materials.