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Newswise: A first-of-its-kind catalyst mimics natural processes to break down plastic and produce valuable new products
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:10 PM EDT
A first-of-its-kind catalyst mimics natural processes to break down plastic and produce valuable new products
Ames Laboratory

A team of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has developed a first-of-its-kind catalyst that is able to process polyolefin plastics, types of polymers widely used in things like plastic grocery bags, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, toys, and food containers.

Newswise: New Nitrogen Assembly Carbon catalyst has potential to transform chemical manufacturing
Released: 26-Aug-2020 1:05 PM EDT
New Nitrogen Assembly Carbon catalyst has potential to transform chemical manufacturing
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a metal-free carbon-based catalyst that has the potential to be much less expensive and more efficient for many industrial concerns, including manufacturing of bio- and fossil fuels, electrocatalysis, and fuel cells.

Released: 20-Jul-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Ames Lab-led research team wins a $12.8M boost from the Department of Energy to tackle plastic upcycling science
Ames Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will lead the Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP) Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), with $12.8 million in funding over four years.

Newswise: Using chaos as a tool, scientists discover new method of making 3D-heterostructured materials
Released: 23-Jun-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Using chaos as a tool, scientists discover new method of making 3D-heterostructured materials
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and their collaborators from Iowa State University have developed a new approach for generating layered, difficult-to-combine, heterostructured solids. Heterostructured materials, composed of layers of dissimilar building blocks display unique electronic transport and magnetic properties that are governed by quantum interactions between their structurally different building blocks, and open new avenues for electronic and energy applications.

Newswise: Lograsso named Critical Materials Institute Director
Released: 27-May-2020 5:20 PM EDT
Lograsso named Critical Materials Institute Director
Ames Laboratory

Dr. Thomas Lograsso has been named director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at Ames Laboratory.

Newswise: New discovery helps close the gap towards optically-controlled quantum computation
Released: 20-Apr-2020 12:25 PM EDT
New discovery helps close the gap towards optically-controlled quantum computation
Ames Laboratory

Scientists have discovered a light-induced switching mechanism in a Dirac semimetal. The mechanism establishes a new way to control the topological material, driven by back-and-forth motion of atoms and electrons, which will enable topological transistor and quantum computation using light waves.

Newswise: Finding the beat: New discovery settles a long-standing debate about photovoltaic materials
Released: 17-Apr-2020 12:35 PM EDT
Finding the beat: New discovery settles a long-standing debate about photovoltaic materials
Ames Laboratory

Scientists have theorized that organometallic halide perovskites— a class of light harvesting “wonder” materials for applications in solar cells and quantum electronics— are so promising due to an unseen yet highly controversial mechanism called the Rashba effect. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have now experimentally proven the existence of the effect.

Newswise: Topological materials outperform through quantum periodic motion
Released: 18-Feb-2020 12:10 PM EST
Topological materials outperform through quantum periodic motion
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered that applying vibrational motion in a periodic manner may be the key to preventing dissipations of the desired electron states that would make advanced quantum computing and spintronics possible.

Newswise: Ames Lab’s testing device speeds the way to new refrigeration technology
Released: 7-Feb-2020 5:05 PM EST
Ames Lab’s testing device speeds the way to new refrigeration technology
Ames Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is employing a testing device that pairs materials science with engineering systems development. Called CaloriSMART (Caloric Small-scale Modular Advanced Research Test-stand), the one-of-a-kind system is being used to rapidly test new materials that might eventually be part of an entirely new kind of refrigeration technology.

Newswise: Rare-earths experts at CMI debut a unique new research capability
Released: 7-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
Rare-earths experts at CMI debut a unique new research capability
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute have a new and more accurate tool—a start-to-finish, controlled atmosphere materials processing system.

Newswise: What’s MER? It’s a Way to Measure Quantum Materials, and It’s Telling Us New and Interesting Things
Released: 16-Jan-2020 1:25 PM EST
What’s MER? It’s a Way to Measure Quantum Materials, and It’s Telling Us New and Interesting Things
Ames Laboratory

Experimental physicists have combined several measurements of quantum materials into one in their ongoing quest to learn more about manipulating and controlling the behavior of them for possible applications. They even coined a term for it-- Magneto-elastoresistance, or MER.

Newswise: Under pressure: a new experimental apparatus gathers more insight on magnetic and superconducting states
Released: 6-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
Under pressure: a new experimental apparatus gathers more insight on magnetic and superconducting states
Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory is using a new experimental apparatus that gathers more insight on magnetic and superconducting states in materials.

Newswise: How do you know it’s perfect graphene?
Released: 30-Oct-2019 9:50 AM EDT
How do you know it’s perfect graphene?
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered an indicator that reliably demonstrates a sample’s high quality, and it was one that was hiding in plain sight for decades.

Newswise:Video Embedded how-long-does-memory-last-for-shape-memory-alloys-the-longer-the-better
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Released: 3-Oct-2019 11:05 AM EDT
How long does memory last? For shape memory alloys, the longer the better
Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory researchers heated shape memory alloys inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM), so that they could observe phase transitions in real time. The information could lead to more reliable SMAs for applications.

Newswise: Scientists discover potential path to improving samarium-cobalt magnets
Released: 13-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Scientists discover potential path to improving samarium-cobalt magnets
Ames Laboratory

Scientists have discovered a potential tool to enhance magnetization and magnetic anisotropy, making it possible to improve the performance of samarium-cobalt magnets.

Released: 8-Jul-2019 9:40 AM EDT
Pairing "glue" for electrons in iron-based high-temp superconductors studied
Ames Laboratory

Newly published research from a team of scientists led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory sheds more light on the nature of high-temperature iron-based superconductivity.

Released: 20-Jun-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Advanced NMR at Ames Lab Captures New Details in Nanoparticle Structures
Ames Laboratory

Advanced nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques at the U.S. Department of Energy’sAmes Laboratory have revealed surprising details about the structure of a key group ofmaterials in nanotechology, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs), and the placement of their active chemical sites.

Newswise: Ames Laboratory names James Morris Chief Research Officer
Released: 22-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Ames Laboratory names James Morris Chief Research Officer
Ames Laboratory

Dr. James Morris has been named Chief Research Officer at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory. His appointment follows an extensive search and will be effective June 17, 2019.

Newswise: 2D insulators with ferromagnetic properties are rare; researchers just identified a new one
Released: 10-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
2D insulators with ferromagnetic properties are rare; researchers just identified a new one
Ames Laboratory

Collaborating scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Princeton University have discovered a new layered ferromagnetic semiconductor, a rare type of material that holds great promise for next-generation electronic technologies.

Newswise:Video Embedded new-microscopy-method-provides-more-details-about-nanocomposites
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Released: 11-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT
New microscopy method provides more details about nanocomposites
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed a new microscopy approach for imaging gel nanocomposites in their natural state, which will reveal more useful information about their assembly and properties.

Newswise: Squeezed nanocrystals: A new model predicts their shape when blanketed under graphene
Released: 5-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Squeezed nanocrystals: A new model predicts their shape when blanketed under graphene
Ames Laboratory

In a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Northeastern University, scientists have developed a model for predicting the shape of metal nanocrystals or “islands” sandwiched between or below two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene. The advance moves 2D quantum materials a step closer to applications in electronics.

Newswise:Video Embedded scientists-capture-live-atomic-level-detail-of-nanoparticle-formation
VIDEO
Released: 2-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Scientists capture live, atomic-level detail of nanoparticle formation
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the Sensitive Instrument Facility of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory achieved real-time atom rearrangement monitoring using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy during the synthesis of intermetallic nanoparticles (iNPs).

Newswise: Getting to the root of the mystery:
Released: 25-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Getting to the root of the mystery:
Ames Laboratory

To better understand the rhizosphere, a new research endeavor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will develop a model instrument that will enable scientists to look at the biological interactions in the rhizosphere in real time, in the field-- a capability that doesn’t currently exist.

Newswise: Scientists measure exact edge between superconducting and magnetic states
Released: 27-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST
Scientists measure exact edge between superconducting and magnetic states
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed a method to accurately measure the “exact edge” or onset at which a magnetic field enters a superconducting material.

Newswise: Taking magnetism for a spin:
Released: 23-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
Taking magnetism for a spin:
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered the relaxation dynamics of a zero-field state in skyrmions, a spinning magnetic phenomenon that has potential applications in data storage and spintronic devices.

Newswise: What should we do about single-use plastics?
Released: 9-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST
What should we do about single-use plastics?
Ames Laboratory

A whole host critical plastic uses--- from the polypropylene syringes in your doctor’s office to the polystyrene packaging around your chicken at the grocery store--- probably aren’t going away any time soon. What should we do with this waste?

Newswise: Physicists Uncover New Competing State of Matter in Superconducting Material
Released: 2-Jan-2019 4:20 PM EST
Physicists Uncover New Competing State of Matter in Superconducting Material
Ames Laboratory

A team of experimentalists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and theoreticians at University of Alabama Birmingham discovered a remarkably long-lived new state of matter in an iron pnictide superconductor, which reveals a laser-induced formation of collective behaviors that compete with superconductivity.

Newswise: Crystallizing success: New crucible design makes materials research safer, more accurate
Released: 19-Dec-2018 4:05 PM EST
Crystallizing success: New crucible design makes materials research safer, more accurate
Ames Laboratory

Paul Canfield, a condensed matter physicist at Ames Laboratory, teamed up with LSP Industrial Ceramics, Inc., to build a better piece of lab equipment that now carries his name: Canfield crucible sets.

Newswise: Costas Soukoulis elected to National Academy of Inventors
Released: 11-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Costas Soukoulis elected to National Academy of Inventors
Ames Laboratory

Costas Soukoulis, Ames Laboratory senior scientist and Iowa State University Frances M. Craig Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor, has been named as a 2018 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.

Released: 7-Nov-2018 2:05 PM EST
Scientists shuffle the deck to create materials with new quantum behaviors
Ames Laboratory

Layered transition metal dichalcogenides or TMDCs—materials composed of metal nanolayers sandwiched between two other layers of chalcogens— have become extremely attractive to the research community due to their ability to exfoliate into 2D single layers.

Newswise: Pushing the (Extra Cold) Frontiers of Superconducting Science
Released: 18-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Pushing the (Extra Cold) Frontiers of Superconducting Science
Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory has developed a method to measure magnetic properties of superconducting and magnetic materials that exhibit unusual quantum behavior at very low temperatures in high magnetic fields.

Released: 2-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Critical Materials Institute takes major step toward printed anisotropic magnets
Ames Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute has taken a major step toward printed, aligned anisotropic magnets via additive manufacturing processes.

Released: 1-Oct-2018 4:00 PM EDT
Coming Soon to Exascale Computing: Software for Chemistry of Catalysis
Ames Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is launching a four-year, $3.2 million project to develop software that will bring the power of exascale computers to the computational study and design of catalytic materials.

Released: 30-Aug-2018 3:30 PM EDT
Scientists Predict Superelastic Properties in a Group of Iron-Based Superconductors
Ames Laboratory

A collaboration between scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main has computationally predicted a number of unique properties in a group of iron-based superconductors, including room-temperature super-elasticity.

Newswise: Rare-Earth Magnet Recycling Tech Wins Innovation Award
Released: 28-Aug-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Rare-Earth Magnet Recycling Tech Wins Innovation Award
Ames Laboratory

Researchers at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) and Ames Laboratory invented a magnet recycling process in which magnets are dissolved in water-based solutions, recovering more than 99 percent purity rare earth elements.

25-Jul-2018 1:00 PM EDT
Unusual Rare Earth Compound Opens Doorway to New Class of Functional Materials
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered an earlier unknown discontinuous magnetoelastic transition in a rare-earth intermetallic. The mechanism of the material’s changing magnetic state is so unusual, it provides new possibilities for discovery of similar materials.

Released: 18-Jul-2018 11:05 AM EDT
The Relationship Between Charge Density Waves and Superconductivity? It’s Complicated.
Ames Laboratory

For a long time, physicists have tried to understand the relationship between a periodic pattern of conduction electrons called a charge density wave (CDW), and another quantum order, superconductivity, or zero electrical resistance, in the same material. Do they compete? Co-exist? Co-operate? Do they go their separate ways?

Released: 5-Jul-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Ames Laboratory to lead new Center for Advancement of Topological Semimetals
Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory will receive $10.75 million over four yearrs for a new Center for Advancement of Topological Semimetals as one of the Department of Energy's Energy Frontier Research Centers.

Newswise: Ames Laboratory’s Ke Earns DOE Early Career Research Award
Released: 21-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Ames Laboratory’s Ke Earns DOE Early Career Research Award
Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory scientist Liqin Ke is one of 30 scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) national laboratories to be selected for funding as part of the DOE’s Early Career Research Program.

Newswise: Two Cool: A Pair of Patents Filed on Breakthrough Materials for Next-Gen Refrigerators
Released: 15-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Two Cool: A Pair of Patents Filed on Breakthrough Materials for Next-Gen Refrigerators
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the research consortium CaloriCool® are closer than ever to the materials needed for a new type of refrigeration technology that is markedly more energy efficient than current gas compression systems.

Released: 9-May-2018 1:30 PM EDT
Revealing the Mysteries of Superconductors: Ames Lab’s New Scope Takes a Closer Look
Ames Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has successfully demonstrated that a new type of optical magnetometer, the NV magnetoscope, can map a unique feature of superconductive materials that along with zero resistance defines the superconductivity itself.

Released: 1-May-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Ames Lab Takes the Guesswork Out of Discovering New High-Entropy Alloys
Ames Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has developed a method of computational analysis that can help predict the composition and properties of as-yet unmade high performance alloys.

Newswise: Rare Earth Magnet Recycling Is a Grind. This New Process Takes a Simpler Approach
Released: 19-Apr-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Rare Earth Magnet Recycling Is a Grind. This New Process Takes a Simpler Approach
Ames Laboratory

A new recycling process developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) turns discarded hard disk drive (HDD) magnets into new magnet material in a few steps, and tackles both the economic and environmental issues typically associated with mining e-waste for valuable materials.

Newswise: CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Rapid Growth in Electric Vehicles Drives Demand for Lithium, Cobalt
Released: 11-Apr-2018 3:30 PM EDT
CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Rapid Growth in Electric Vehicles Drives Demand for Lithium, Cobalt
Ames Laboratory

As increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements.

Released: 15-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Iowa Cornfields Could Play a Role in Recycling Old Electronics
Ames Laboratory

A new biochemical leaching process has been developed that uses corn stover as feedstock, and recovers valuable rare earth metals from electronic waste.

Released: 19-Feb-2018 11:05 AM EST
Seeing the Future of New Energy Materials
Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory has recently received new funding to study energy materials by developing and applying new techniques in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

Newswise: Missing Link to Novel Superconductivity Revealed at Ames Laboratory
Released: 13-Feb-2018 12:05 PM EST
Missing Link to Novel Superconductivity Revealed at Ames Laboratory
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a state of magnetism that may be the missing link to understanding the relationship between magnetism and unconventional superconductivity.

Released: 21-Dec-2017 1:05 PM EST
Ames Laboratory-Led Research Team Maps Magnetic Fields of Bacterial Cells and Nano-Objects for the First Time
Ames Laboratory

A research team led by a scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy.

Newswise: Getting Under Graphite’s Skin:
Released: 15-Dec-2017 5:05 PM EST
Getting Under Graphite’s Skin:
Ames Laboratory

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a new process to sheathe metal under a single layer of graphite which may lead to new and better-controlled properties for these types of materials.

Newswise: Old Rules Apply in Explaining Extremely Large Magnetoresistance
Released: 6-Dec-2017 5:05 PM EST
Old Rules Apply in Explaining Extremely Large Magnetoresistance
Ames Laboratory

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory compared similar materials and returned to a long-established rule of electron movement in their quest to explain the phenomenon of extremely large magnetoresistance (XMR).


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