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…]

Mr. Rare Earth easing into retirement

Written by Kerry Gibson, U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Public Affairs When Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. began work on his Ph.D. at Iowa State University and hired on as an Ames Laboratory graduate researcher in metallurgy, Dwight Eisenhower was serving his first term in the White House. Now, more than six decades later, Gschneidner [Continue Reading…]

Ames Laboratory’s Karl Gschneidner won Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award

Karl A. Gschneidner Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was presented the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award on February 18. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner, known as “Mr. Rare Earth,” is considered the world’s foremost authority [Continue Reading…]

10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth — Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

Meet Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. — a distinguished professor at Iowa State University, a senior metallurgist at the Energy Department’s Ames Laboratory, and chief scientist for the newest Energy Innovation Hub, the Critical Materials Institute. A jack-of-all-trades, Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering, and physics. In an edition of the US Department of [Continue Reading…]

Rare Earths: Push to rebuild depleted U.S. workforce begins in the classroom

By Manuel Quinones, Environment & Energy Publishing reporter Originally appeared on Greenwire: Monday, February 13, 2012 A jump-start for the U.S. rare earth elements industry starts with a three-credit course at Iowa State University. Professor Vitalij Pecharsky’s class is aimed at developing a workforce to help strengthen U.S. production of rare-earth elements crucial to modern energy, transportation and [Continue Reading…]

Gschneidner offers insight to recycling

As renewable energy finally takes off, China, which controls 97% of the global supply of rare earth elements, vital to much renewable technology, has tightened supply. As industry and governments around the world scramble for solutions, the complex process of recycling rare earths has moved into the spotlight. Ben Messenger investigates.Over recent years there has [Continue Reading…]

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…]

Gschneidner named MRS Fellow

Karl Gschneidner’s passion for research in rare earth metals is as strong now as it was nearly 60 years ago when he began working with these materials. He says it’s exciting science that allows him to make new discoveries often, with each finding enticing him to come back to see what the next day will [Continue Reading…]