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.
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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.
The Nobel Foundation has named Dan Shechtman of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University and Israel's Technion winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Each year, the editors of R&D Magazine choose a scientist they believe embodies the spirit of research and development. For his accomplishments in both the laboratory and as a leader of the world's largest federal body devoted to energy research, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has been selected as 2011 R&D Scientist of the Year.
|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.|
Effective October 1, 2011 Occupational Medicine (Occ Med) will report to the Environment, Safety, Health and Assurance Office (ESH&A), and Documents, Records and Training (DRT) will report to the Human Resources Office. The switch came about as part of review by Lab management that looked at administrative support functions.
Ames Lab employees have two educational opportunities the first week of October. A representative from TIAA-CREF will be available to meet with employee one-on-one to discuss financial goals and answer retirement questions on Oct 4 and 5. Human Resources is sponsoring a lunch and learn seminar on Workplace Civility on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at noon in 205 TASF.
|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.|
|Check out some recent happenings at the Lab captured in photos.|
|Seasonal flu shots will be available to Ames Lab and ISU employees beginning Oct. 10. The flu shot clinic will once again be located in 205 TASF and flu shots will be administered 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays from Oct. 10 through Oct. 28.|