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. It is operated for the United States Department of Energy.
In January 2013 the Department of Energy announced the establishment of the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) at Ames Laboratory, with a mission to develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security.
Ames Laboratory research articles from Innovation Toronto
- Iowa State materials scientist developing materials and electronics that dissolve when triggered | transient electronics
- U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory improving process to recycle rare-earth materials
- Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials
- Green Technology Depends on Metals with Weird Names
- Iowa State, Ames Lab engineers develop real-time, 3-D teleconferencing technology
- Scientist developing self-healing biorenewable polymers
- Study suggests that wind turbines could benefit crops
- Textured substrate increases efficiency of polymer solar cells by 20 percent
- Rare Earths: Elemental Needs of the Clean-Energy Economy