ME’s Lee sees potential for research collaboration at Iowa State

For Jonghyun Lee, it was the potential for research collaboration that attracted him to Ames. “I don’t think I could find a better place for success in my career and that’s why I chose Iowa State,” he said. Lee was recently hired as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He hopes to not only collaborate … Continue reading ME’s Lee sees potential for research collaboration at Iowa State

CMI opening

Critical Materials Institute opens to advance research, energy security

This is a recap from an Ames Laboratory news release. The official opening of the Critical Materials Institute marked the newest endeavor in intensive energy research by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. The institute is the DOE’s fifth Energy Innovation Hub, which is a major integrated research center. Researchers … Continue reading Critical Materials Institute opens to advance research, energy security

Rodney Fox

Rodney Fox uses NSF funding to create cost-effective computer simulations

With four current projects supported by the National Science Foundation, Rodney Fox—Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering—has spent many years developing his work with multiphase flow computer simulations. Fox, an associate scientist at Ames Laboratory, and his research team create models and numerical methods for simulations. Since they … Continue reading Rodney Fox uses NSF funding to create cost-effective computer simulations

Ament part of the next generation of rare-earth researchers

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Ames Laboratory has a long history of conducting materials research, particularly in the rare earths. The Lab’s first director, Frank Spedding has been called the father of rare earths and mentored a graduate student named Karl Gschneidner back in 1952. Fast forward to the present, and Ames Lab senior … Continue reading Ament part of the next generation of rare-earth researchers

Gschneidner to lead Ames Lab research in developing new methods to create rare-earth magnets

Karl Gschneidner Jr., a senior metallurgist for the Ames Laboratory and Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will play a key role in the cooperative research and development agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Molycorp Inc., the Western hemisphere’s only producer of rare-earth oxides. The Molycorp-Ames Laboratory effort … Continue reading Gschneidner to lead Ames Lab research in developing new methods to create rare-earth magnets

MSE professor investigates complex metal hydride potential for hydrogen storage

The dream of developing a mass-marketable hydrogen-powered vehicle has eluded automotive designers for decades. But the work of Vitalij Pecharsky, senior scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, may someday make it a reality. Since 2005, Pecharsky, also a distinguished professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State, has been researching hydrogen-rich … Continue reading MSE professor investigates complex metal hydride potential for hydrogen storage

Ames Laboratory named “Making Stuff” coalition partner

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is one of only 20 sites around the country selected to be a coalition partner for the prestigious “Making Stuff” television program. As a partner, the Lab, along with Iowa State’s Materials Research Society and Material Advantage student organizations, will be hosting more than 20 outreach events. Making … Continue reading Ames Laboratory named “Making Stuff” coalition partner

Chaudhary fabricates more efficient polymer solar cells

Researchers from Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory have developed a process capable of producing a thin and uniform light-absorbing layer on textured substrates that improves the efficiency of polymer solar cells by increasing light absorption. “Our technology efficiently utilizes the light trapping scheme,” said Sumit Chaudhary, an Iowa State assistant professor of electrical … Continue reading Chaudhary fabricates more efficient polymer solar cells

Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers preparing for Blue Waters supercomputer

Monica Lamm, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and associate scientist at Ames Laboratory, is part of a team at Iowa State University that is developing computational chemistry at the petascale. The team is preparing for the most powerful supercomputer in the world, Blue Waters, which is expected to come online in 2011. Iowa … Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Lab researchers preparing for Blue Waters supercomputer