Ames Laboratory

Ames Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science National Laboratory managed by Iowa State University, creates materials and energy solutions. With its roots in the Manhattan Project, Ames Laboratory today seeks solutions to energy-related problems of national importance through the exploration of physics, chemistry, engineering, applied mathematics, and materials sciences.

Ames Laboratory accelerates the discovery of new materials and adds value by sharing these materials and its expertise with the scientific community and partners throughout the U.S. and the world. We advance and promote the application of these materials for economic and national security. Through Strategic Partnership Projects, Ames Laboratory enhances our national and economic competitiveness while reducing technical barriers for U.S. industry. We are a top national laboratory in converting science into licensed technologies.

Today, we are addressing the global challenge of critical materials as we lead the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub. And we are tackling the 100-year-old technology of compressed vapor refrigeration to significantly improve efficiency and reliability through the CaloriCoolTM consortium, part of DOE's Energy Materials Network.

Ames Lab's Materials Preparation Center is recognized by researchers worldwide for its unique capabilities in the purification, preparation, and characterization of rare earths and other materials. We also characterize materials with specialty tools we develop and with world-leading capabilities at our Sensitive Instrument Facility.

Summaries of Available Technologies

Read the following summaries about the technologies available to license from the Ames Laboratory.

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Patents associated with this Lab are reviewed and updated quarterly. Some patents may no longer be maintained or available for licensing.

Number Date issued Title
10,196,734 02/05/2019 Nanotwinned silver alloy film with controlled architecture
10,029,920 07/24/2018 Separation of terbium(III,IV) oxide
9,981,315 05/29/2018 Atomizer for improved ultra-fine powder production
9,963,770 05/08/2018 Castable high-temperature Ce-modified Al alloys
9,938,628 04/10/2018 Composite nanoparticles containing rare earth metal and methods of preparation thereof
9,907,865 03/06/2018 Room temperature ferromagnetic gadolinium silicide nanoparticles
9,834,856 12/05/2017 Controlled fabrication of semiconductor-metal hybrid nano-heterostructures via site-selective metal photodeposition
9,833,837 12/05/2017 Passivation and alloying element retention in gas atomized powders
9,740,081 08/22/2017 Double lens device for tunable harmonic generation of laser beams in KBBF/RBBF crystals or other non-linear optic materials
9,725,788 08/08/2017 Recovering heavy rare earth metals from magnet scrap


The following experts from the Ames Laboratory are available to answer questions about technologies of interest to innovators and investors.

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