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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

Scientists observe complex tunable magnetism tied to electrical conduction in a topological material

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have observed novel helical magnetic ordering in the topological compound EuIn2As2 which supports exotic electrical conduction tunable by a magnetic field.
23-Mar-2021 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Polystyrene waste is everywhere; scientists just found a way to break it down

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and their partners from Clemson University have discovered a green, low-energy process to break down polystyrene, a type of plastic that is widely used in foam packaging materials,...
17-Mar-2021 4:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Light-induced twisting of Weyl nodes switches on giant electron current

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and collaborators at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the University of Alabama at Birmingham have discovered a new light-induced switch that twists the crystal lattice of the...
19-Jan-2021 12:00 PM EST 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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