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Navrotsky Participates in DOE-funded Research Project, Led by Ames Lab

Posted on: January 11, 2013

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a five-year, $120 million grant to Ames National Laboratory to create a new research center, the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), which will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector. UC Davis professor Alexandra Navrotsky will be among the contributors to this major research project.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that a team led by Ames Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has been selected for an award of up to $120 million over five years to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security. The new research center, which will be named the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), will bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, as well as the private sector.

An interdisciplinary professor of Ceramic, Earth and Environmental Materials Chemistry at UC Davis, Alexandra Navrotsky received her PhD from University of Chicago in 1967. She serves as director of the Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture & Technology (NEAT), and is the Edward Roessler Chair in Mathematical and Physical Sciences. NEAT is a multidisciplinary research and education program linking the fundamentals of physics, chemistry and engineering of small particles and nanomaterials.

Ames Laboratory is a United States Department of Energy national Laboratory, created in 1947 and located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The laboratory conducts research into various areas of national concern, including the synthesis and study of new materials, energy resources, high-speed computer design, and environmental cleanup and restoration.

More information:
Ames Laboratory to Lead New Research Effort to Address Shortages in Rare Earth and Other Critical Materials