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About Ames Laboratory

Operated by Iowa State University, the Ames Laboratory is at the forefront of materials research, high-performance computing, and environmental science and management efforts. The laboratory seeks solutions to energy-related problems of national concern through the exploration of physics, chemistry, engineering, applied mathematics and materials sciences. It also leads the Critical Materials Institute, which brings together leading researchers from other DOE national laboratories, academia, and industry to develop solutions to domestic shortages of rare-earth materials and other materials critical to U.S. energy security. The lab's annual budget is $50 million.


  • Rapid alloy development
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Catalysts production and screening
  • Micro-reactor production
  • Permanent Magnets
  • Additive manufacturing of ceramics, polymers, resins and composites
  • Rare earth materials synthesis, characterization and development
  • Synthesis and development of mesoporous nanoparticles for catalysis, energy transduction, and in situ refinery of biocommodities
  • Coupling biocatalysis with thermo and photocatalysis.
  • Studies of interactions between nanoparticles and cells


  • Research-scale high pressure close-coupled gas atomization up to 4kg charge (alloy dependent)
  • Pilot scall high pressure close-coupled gas atomization up to 20kg charge (alloy dependent)
  • Wabash Platen cold press for powder consolidation
  • 3D printer for catalysts
  • LENS MR-7 3D printer for metals
Photo of silver cylinder with several windows and tubes connected to it in a lab setting.
Photo of a scientist working on a white 3-D machine for catalysts.
Photo of machine with laser shining down on a metal piece.