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Scientific Programs - Building on the Ames Laboratory's strength in the development and use of new materials, our scientists have expanded their work into seven main research areas. Their goals are to expand scientific knowledge and turn their discoveries into technology that will aid people throughout the world.

Materials Preparation Center - The Materials Preparation Center (MPC) is a specialized research center located at the Ames Laboratory. MPC is recognized throughout the worldwide research community for its unique capabilities in the preparation, purification, single crystal growth, and characterization of rare earth metals, alkaline-earth metals, and refractory metal materials.

Midwest Forensics Resource Center - Midwestern crime laboratory directors met and identified four mission areas in which Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory could work to support the regional crime laboratories: casework assistance, training, education, and research. Together with Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University, the Midwestern crime laboratory directors proposed to establish the Midwest Forensics Resource Center to address the crime laboratory needs in these areas. Iowa State University responded by creating the MFRC, within the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, in order to carry out this program of work.