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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.


  • Rare earth magnets and rare-earth magnets substitutions
  • Lightweight materials


The Critical Materials Institute performs work on materials critical to the US. Included in this work is to develop new processing techniques for critical materials, including the rare earth elements, develop substitutions and in reuse and recycling of critical materials.