College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Ames Laboratory participates in Department of Energy innovator challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies have joined forces in DOE’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge to create jobs in Iowa. The program gives start-up companies the opportunity to sign an option to license technologies created by national laboratories at reduced costs. On June 30, IPAT signed an option agreement to license several materials processing technologies developed at the Ames Laboratory.

IPAT plans to use the technologies to make fine spherical titanium powder for use in military, biomedical and aerospace applications.

“The America’s Next Top Energy Innovator program is a great opportunity to secure the option to use technologies IPAT needs to build a first-of-its-kind commercial-sized atomizer to create titanium powder,” says Joel Rieken, IPAT co-founder.

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