Yue Wu research highlighted in second publication

CBE’s Herbert L. Stiles Associate Professor Yue Wu and colleagues have now had work featured as a “Research Highlight” in the journal Nature Reviews Materials. It stems from publication of “Highly Porous Thermoelectric Nanocomposites with Low Thermal Conductivity and High Figure of Merit from Large-Scale Solution-Synthesized Bi2Te2.5Se0.5 Hollow Nanostructures” in the journal Angewandte Chemie in [Continue Reading…]

Solid-State Processing: New paths to new materials

This feature story was published by Ames Laboratory. Read the original story here.   Creating materials in their solid state can be tricky, but offers some advantages over other methods. It typically involves subjecting the component elements to some type of mechanical force—such as stress, shear or strain—to drive a reaction. “You eliminate the need [Continue Reading…]

The Gaffer’s Guild celebrates their final ‘hoorah’ in the Sweeney Hall Glass Studio

The furnace is off, and the next chapter begins for the Iowa State University Gaffer’s Guild. They shut down the Sweeney Hall Glass Studio for the last time at 1:36 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. The glass studio has been operating in 1334 Sweeney Hall since April 29, 2000. The Gaffer’s Guild is led [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory scientists create new compound, first intermetallic double salt with platinum

This story was originally published by Laura Millsaps, with Ames Laboratory.  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are being credited with creating the first intermetallic double salt with platinum. Materials researchers Anja-Verena Mudring and Volodymyr Smetana were the first to create and accurately characterize the compound. Cesium platinide hydride, or 4Cs2Pt⋅CsH, forms a [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Energy Center Impact Award for CBE’s Zengyi Shao

Dr. Zengyi Shao, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received the Iowa Energy Center Impact Award. It was presented as part of the recent Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency Iowa Energy Summit. She was recognized in the category of Bioenergy for her work to make biomass conversion more efficient and [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers study glass in batteries as a way to increase performance and safety

Iowa State University’s Steve Martin has researched battery materials for 30-plus years. He has a new grant that will allow him to expand his fundamental materials studies into research and development of new, all-solid-state technology for actual batteries. He calls it a “dream-come-true” project.

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers developing new steel for better electric motors

Researchers from Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory are leading development of a new kind of steel for the motors in electric vehicles. The new steel would help make the motors smaller, lighter, more powerful and more cost effective. The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting the work with a three-year, $3.8 million grant.

Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics, devices

Mallapragada awarded distinguished professor status; Schneider to associate professor

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Dr. Surya Mallapragada and Dr. Ian Schneider have received promotions that became effective August 15, 2016. Dr. Mallapragada has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. The title honors exemplary performance in research and/or creative activities as reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee’s discipline. [Continue Reading…]

Mr. Rare Earth, Karl Gschneidner passes away on April 27

The internationally-recognized Iowa State alum, professor and researcher Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. passed away on the morning of April 27 at the age of 85. Gschneidner’s work with rare-earth materials led to the creation of the Critical Materials Institute at Ames Laboratory as well as the publishing of over 544 of his scientific journal articles and [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State engineers develop micro-sized, liquid-metal particles for heat-free soldering

Martin Thuo likes to look for new, affordable and clean ways to put science and technology to work in the world. His lab is dedicated to an idea called frugal innovation: “How do you do very high-level science or engineering with very little?” said Thuo, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory.

Ames Laboratory will lead new consortium to research caloric materials, advance refrigeration technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be the home of a new research consortium for the discovery and development of more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient refrigeration technologies, sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). The consortium, named CaloriCoolTM, will pursue the development of alternative forms of refrigeration technologies, called caloric cooling, in partnership with the private sector and universities.