Ames Laboratory (AL)


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311 TASF
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3020
United States

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The Ames Laboratory conducts fundamental as well as intermediate-range applied research in support of current and future energy technologies and seeks solutions to energy-related and other critical national problems through the exploration of chemical, engineering, materials, mathematical and physical sciences. The Laboratory is operated by Iowa State University (ISU) and is located on the university's campus. Of a total permanent staff of 400, approximately 200 are scientists and engineers. The Laboratory's relationship with ISU allows many senior scientists to hold joint appointments as faculty members in ISU academic departments and enables about 180 undergraduate and graduate students to serve on Ames Lab's scientific staff. Ames Laboratory was established in 1947 following its successful development of the process used to produce high purity metallic uranium for the Manhattan Project. This was the first example of numerous programs in materials research, including materials synthesis and processing, materials characterization, catalysis, computational chemistry, condensed matter theory, computational materials science, materials theory, and analytical instrumentation. 

Ames Laboratory is home to the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), a DOE energy innovation Hub.  The CMI brings together leading researchers from other DOE national laboratories, academia and industry to develp solutions to domestic shortages of rare-earth materials and othe rmaterials critical to U.S. energy security. 

Ames Laboratory is home to the Sensitive Intrument Facility, which houses next generation electron microscopy equipment for characterization of materials at the atomic scale.

The Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center prepares, purifies, fabricates and characterizes materials in support of R&E programs through the world.



Ames Laboratory's mission is to create materials, inspire minds to solve problems, and address global challenges.  It does this by providing national scientific leadership and technological innovation to support the DOE's objectives and programs. AL conducts fundamental research in the physical, chemical, biological materials, mathematical and engineering sciences that underlie energy generating, conversion, and transmission and storage technologies; environmental improvement; and other technical areas essential to DOE missions. 

Ames Laboratory supports the following division and program areas:  Chemical and Biological Sciences; Materials Science and Engineering; Simulation, Modeling and Decision Science; and the Critical Materials Institute.  



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Solvent-free Mechanochemical Synthesis of Alane (AlH3) at Room Temperature
Ultrafine Hydrogen Storage Powders


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Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub
Dynamic Nuclear Polarization NMR Facility
Materials Preparation Center
Powder-to-Parts (Additive Manufacuring)
Sensitive Instrument Facility
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Cerium: An Unlikely Replacement of Dysprosium in High Performance Nd-Fe-B Permanent Magnets

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