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Ames Laboratory is a United States Department of Energy national laboratory located in Ames, Iowa and affiliated with Iowa State University. This is a top level national laboratory for new research in various domains concerning national security and resource management. The Laboratory conducts research into various areas of national concern, including the synthesis and study of new materials, energy resources, high-speed computer design, and environmental cleanup and restoration. It is located on the campus of Iowa State University.

A unique catalyst paves the way for plastic upcycling

“A recently developed catalyst for breaking down plastics continues to advance plastic upcycling processes. In 2020, a team of researchers led by Ames Laboratory scientists developed the first processive inorganic catalyst to deconstruct polyolefin plastics into molecules that can be …

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. These new Fermi arcs were discovered by a team of researchers from Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University, as well …

Rxn Rover software helps small chem labs easily access AI for reaction optimization

“A team of experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has released a new open-source software program called Rxn Rover. It is designed to help chemistry researchers easily and affordably tap into the capabilities of artificial …

One scientist’s trash is another’s treasure: A laboratory’s “irritating” byproduct now supplies 2-D materials research

“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 substance sought after by scientists …

New NMR spectroscopy research reveals the dynamics of catalysts in 3D space

“Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have mapped the dynamics of a catalyst’s active site in three dimensions. This achievement gives researchers new insights into how these catalysts work, and potential paths to improve …

Scientists look to meteorites for inspiration to achieve critical element-free permanent magnet

“The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Critical Materials Institute has developed a low-cost, high performance permanent magnet by drawing inspiration from an out-of-this-world source: iron-nickel alloys in meteorites. The magnet rivals widely used “Alnico” magnets in magnetic …

Reliable quality-control of graphene and other 2D materials is routinely possible, Ames Lab researchers say

“Graphene and other single-atom-thick substances are a category of wonder materials, with researchers the world over investigating their electronic properties for potential applications in technologies as diverse as solar cells, novel semiconductors, sensors, and energy storage. The greatest challenge for …

Scientists measure exact edge between superconducting and magnetic states

“Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energys Ames Laboratory have developed a method to accurately measure the exact edge or onset at which a magnetic field enters a superconducting material. The knowledge of this threshold called the lower critical …

Physicists uncover new competing state of matter in superconducting material

“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 …

New quantum criticality discovered in superconductivity

“Using solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (ssNMR) techniques, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory discovered a new quantum criticality in a superconducting material, leading to a greater understanding of the link between magnetism and unconventional …