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New Fermi arcs could provide a new path for electronics

Newly discovered Fermi arcs that can be controlled through magnetism could be the future of electronics based on electron spins.
24-Mar-2022 5:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Artificial intelligence paves the way to discovering new rare-earth compounds

Artificial intelligence advances how scientists explore materials. Researchers from Ames Laboratory and Texas A&M University trained a machine-learning (ML) model to assess the stability of rare-earth compounds. The framework they developed builds...
18-Mar-2022 2:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Green rare-earth recycling goes commercial in the US

An innovative method of recycling rare earth elements from electronic waste has gone commercial. A team of researchers from the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), a U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, developed a...
2-Mar-2022 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

New algorithms advance the computing power of early-stage quantum computers

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed computational quantum algorithms that are valuable tools to gain greater insight into the physics and chemistry of complex materials, and they are specifically designed...
10-Nov-2021 4:15 PM EST Add to Favorites

Two CMI technologies named 2021 R&D100 Award winners

Two technologies developed by the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) won 2021 R&D 100 Awards in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category.
4-Nov-2021 11:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Computational discovery of complex alloys could speed the way to green aviation

Experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and their collaborators have identified the way to tune the strength and ductility of a class of materials called high-entropy alloys. The discovery may help power-generation and aviation...
28-Oct-2021 5:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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One scientist’s trash is another’s treasure:

While making materials samples to pursue their own research goals, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered that an unwanted byproduct of their experiments was an extremely high-quality and difficult-to-obtain...
25-Aug-2021 4:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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With this new science, plastics could see a second life as biodegradable surfactants

Scientists at the Institute for Cooperative Upcycling of Plastics (iCOUP) have discovered a chemical process that provides biodegradable chemicals, which are used as surfactants and detergents in a range of applications, from discarded plastics.
15-Apr-2021 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Exploring Mysteries on the Surface

Ames Laboratory scientists Pat Thiel and Michael Tringides are explorers, discovering the unique properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials and metals grown on graphene, graphite, and other carbon coated surfaces.
10-Feb-2017 10:05 AM EST

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