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Ames Lab technology being commercialized

Ames Laboratory technology is being developed commercially by two former graduate research assistants who hope to make Iowa the source for titanium powder used for manufacturing a variety of products from aerospace components to medical implants. In this Innovation article, Joel Rieken and Andy Heidloff talk about their training at Ames Laboratory and how they hope to commercialize titanium processing through their startup company, Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies.

Ames Laboratory's Travesset featured in Science

New processes that allow nanoparticles to assemble themselves into designer materials could solve some of today's technology challenges, Alex Travesset of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory reports in the Oct. 14 issue of the journal Science.

Go to the Science article or read the ISU News Service news release Iowa State, Ames Lab physicist says nanoparticle assembly is like building with LEGOs.

One valuable retort

Image Dave Boeke holds the retort used to process rare-earth oxides in the Materials Preparation Center's hydrofluorination furnace to create rare-earth fluorides, which are then reduced with purified calcium to create pure rare-earth metals. The retort is made from platinum, the only metal that can stand up to the hydrofluoric acid used in the process.

Remodeled auditorium taking shape

Image Work is progressing on the Spedding Hall auditorium remodeling project. Demolition was completed in August and Boone Construction and several subcontractors have been on site working. Wall framing has been installed, electrical work is underway and Ames Lab facilities engineer Steve Carter expected sheetrock work to begin the first week of October.


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