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Ames Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the Ames Laboratory. The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

77 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Recovery of dysprosium-enriched iron alloy from magnet scrap alloy via selective separation of rare earth elements
 
Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute researchers have developed a two stage extraction process to selectively separate neodymium and dysprosium from spent NdFeB magnets.
12/07/2017
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A general efficient Gutzwiller solver for electronic structure simulation package

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a fast solver for the Gutzwiller approximation for electronic structure of atoms.

 
12/07/2017
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A general efficient Gutzwiller solver for electronic structure simulation package

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a fast solver for the Gutzwiller approximation for electronic structure of atoms.

 
12/07/2017
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A general efficient Gutzwiller solver for electronic structure simulation package

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a fast solver for the Gutzwiller approximation for electronic structure of atoms.

 
12/07/2017
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A general efficient Gutzwiller solver for electronic structure simulation package

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a fast solver for the Gutzwiller approximation for electronic structure of atoms.

 
12/07/2017
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Passivation of reactive gas atomized titanium aluminide powder
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process to control and retain halogen alloy additions to titanium aluminide powders in the form of a surface film.
 
12/07/2017
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Functionalization of Ceria with Phosphate for Catalytic Application
 
 
ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a catalyst functionalized with phosphate that allows for several catalytic processes to occur simultaneously.
 

ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a catalyst functionalized with phosphate that allows for several catalytic processes to occur simultaneously.

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Functionalization of Ceria with Phosphate for Catalytic Application
 
 
ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a catalyst functionalized with phosphate that allows for several catalytic processes to occur simultaneously.
 

ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a catalyst functionalized with phosphate that allows for several catalytic processes to occur simultaneously.

12/07/2017
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Acid-Free Dissolution and Separation of Rare-earth Metals

ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method to effectively recycle rare earth elements through simple REDOX reactions allowing for aqueous processing. This replaces the need for dangerous and environmentally unfriendly acids.

12/07/2017
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Recovering rare earth metals using bismuth extractant
 
Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute researchers have developed a two stage extraction process to selectively separate neodymium and dysprosium from spent NdFeB magnets.
 
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Recovering rare earth metals using bismuth extractant
 
Ames Laboratory and Critical Materials Institute researchers have developed a two stage extraction process to selectively separate neodymium and dysprosium from spent NdFeB magnets.
12/07/2017
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Room Temperature Ferromagnetic Gd5Si4 MRI Contrast Agent
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method to create gadolinium silicide nanoparticles which retain ferromagnetic properties at room temperature.
12/07/2017
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Bioadvantaged Nylon: Polycondensation of 3-Hexenedioic Acid with Hexamethylenediamine
 
Iowa State University researchers have developed a flexible pathway to turn glucose into nylon or PET using inexpensive catalysts and moderate reaction conditions.
12/07/2017
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Bioadvantaged Nylon: Polycondensation of 3-Hexenedioic Acid with Hexamethylenediamine
 
Iowa State University researchers have developed a flexible pathway to turn glucose into nylon or PET using inexpensive catalysts and moderate reaction conditions.
12/06/2017
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Development of Enhanced AlNiCo Magnets

ISU and Ames Lab researchers have developed a method for producing AlNiCo magnets that employs the substitution of less expensive materials for cobalt in the AlNiCo alloy.

 
12/06/2017
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Chemical Separation of Terbium Oxide
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a fast, inexpensive and environmentally-friendly method to separate terbium oxide from other trivalent rare earth oxides.
12/06/2017
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Lubricated Mechanical Nanopolishing and Motor Oil for Self-Healing Metals and Ceramics
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process to produce extremely flat and smooth surfaces on hard materials without involving a chemical etchant.
12/06/2017
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Solvent-free Mechanochemical Synthesis of Alane (AlH3) at Room Temperature

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process for the synthesis of alane with quantitative yields at ambient temperature and moderate hydrogen or ambient gas pressure while controlling side reactions.  This novel synthesis route significantly increases yields and reduces the production costs for this compound.

12/06/2017
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Selective Chemical Separation of Rare-Earth Oxalates

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory Critical Materials Institute researchers have developed a cost effective step that easily separates rare earth oxalates into a light rare earth stream and a heavy rare earth stream.

12/06/2017
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Mechanochemical synthesis of alkali metal hydrides at room temperature

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have demonstrated a mechanochemical process to produce alkali metal hydrides at room temperature and moderate hydrogen gas pressure with quantitative yields.  This process is rapid, inexpensive, and scalable.

12/06/2017
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Procedure for concentrating rare-earth elements in NdFeB magnets for efficient recycling

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory Critical Materials Institute researchers have developed a process combining simple and environmentally-friendly chemical reactions with mechanical steps to enrich rare earth elements from neodymium iron boride magnet scrap for improved recycling.

12/06/2017
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Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Muconic Acid for the Production of Biorenewable Synthetic Polymer Precursors

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a flexible pathway to turn glucose into nylon or PET using inexpensive catalysts and moderate reaction conditions.

12/06/2017
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Double lens device for tunable harmonic generation of laser beams in KKBBF/RBBF crystals

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed an improvement to KBBF crystal systems for the generation of ultraviolet laser light by creating an alternative prism geometry that eliminates the need for contacting fluid or optical coupling devices.

12/06/2017
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Dispersion Management with Metamaterials

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed new method for dispersion compensation in telecommunication systems using metamaterials.

 
A proof-of-concept a dispersion-compensation system using phase-engineered metamaterials has been demonstrated experimentally, and ISU is seeking partners interested in commercializing this technology.
12/05/2017
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Low-Cost Production Method for Alloys Used in Harsh Environments
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a series of alloy design and powder or spray processing steps that lead to the low-cost production of oxidation or corrosion resistant metallic alloys.
12/05/2017
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Modular Unit for Thermal Conductivity Measurements in Multiple Cryogenic/Magnetic Field Environments

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a modular sample stage and thermal conductivity measurement device that is compatible with a variety of cryogenic and magnetic field apparatus.  This modular device allows for easy switching between apparatus to perform a variety of measurements without sample or thermometer remounting.

 
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Method for Synthesizing Magnet Alloys via Thermal Spray Using Recycled Material
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method to recycle rare earth elements (REE) waste from magnet processing as well as REE from end-of-life magnets using a very simple and economical process.  The process involves creating new magnetic material through a thermal spray technique, resulting in magnets with slightly lower magnetic performance (compared to sintered or bonded magnets produced from virgin material) but with much greater... read more
12/05/2017
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Alignment Promoted in Heat Treatable Magnets Through Application of External Applied Magnetic Field at the Start of Binder-Assisted Molding
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method to produce sintered, final-shape magnets with high density and aligned microstructure.  The resulting permanent magnets feature higher energy product and improved remanence versus standard processing, with improved performance in motors and generators.
12/05/2017
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Sorbent Assisted Catalyst for the One-Pot Sequestration and Conversion of Renewable Feedstocks into Fuels
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a technology that provides a simplified and economical production of hydrocarbon fuel from renewable resources with higher energy potential compared to ethanol or biodiesel. The ability to achieve higher yields from lipid feedstock, and in particular algae oils, by not utilizing current methods of fatty acid conversion to methyl esters, makes this technology economically attractive. Iowa State University is... read more
12/05/2017
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Improved Stability of Gas Atomized Reactive Powders Through Multiple Step In-Situ Passivation
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process to passivate magnesium powders through the creation of a protective film
12/05/2017
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A general efficient Gutzwiller solver for electronic structure simulation package

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a fast solver for the Gutzwiller approximation for electronic structure of atoms.

12/05/2017
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Microscope for Simultaneous Single Molecule AFM and Fluorescence Measurements
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed an integrated single molecule atomic force fluorescence microscope (smAFM-FM) that can perform multiple single molecule measurements.
 
Proof of concept has been demonstrated using the smAFM-FM instrument to measure force-dependent optical properties of nano-scale objects, and ISU is seeking commercialization partners for this technology.
12/05/2017
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Catalyst for Selective Acid Transesterfication

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory are looking for industry partners to commercialize a newly developed bi-functional, heterogeneous catalyst that is designed to expel aqueous byproducts formed during transesterfications reactions.

12/05/2017
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Methods of room temperature cold-plastic forming or patterning of amorphous alloys

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method to form amorphous metal alloys at room temperature without introducing shear bands or micro-crystalline structure into the alloy.  This technique avoids increasing the brittleness of the alloy during thermoplastic forming by controlling the homogenous flow of the material.

12/05/2017
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Enhanced Light Extraction from Organic Light Emitting Diodes

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a soft lithography microlens fabrication and array that enables more efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), improving their commercial viability.  A 100% enhancement of the electroluminescence (EL) output compared to OLEDs with conventional structure has been demonstrated experimentally, and ISU is seeking partners interested in commercializing this technology.

12/05/2017
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Manufacturing Method of Photonic Crystal
 
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method of manufacturing 3D photonic band gap crystals with superior properties.  Such a crystal manipulates light within a particular range of wavelengths which could be applied to a number of optical devices including but not limited to waveguides, solar cells, thermophotovoltaics, and telecommunication applications.
12/05/2017
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Sorbent Assisted Catalyst for the One-Pot Sequestration and Conversion of Renewable Feedstocks into Fuels

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a technology that provides a simplified and economical production of hydrocarbon fuel from renewable resources with higher energy potential compared to ethanol or biodiesel. The ability to achieve higher yields from lipid feedstock, and in particular algae oils, by not utilizing current methods of fatty acid conversion to methyl esters, makes this technology economically attractive. Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory... read more

12/05/2017
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Sorbent Assisted Catalyst for the One-Pot Sequestration and Conversion of Renewable Feedstocks into Fuels

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a technology that provides a simplified and economical production of hydrocarbon fuel from renewable resources with higher energy potential compared to ethanol or biodiesel. The ability to achieve higher yields from lipid feedstock, and in particular algae oils, by not utilizing current methods of fatty acid conversion to methyl esters, makes this technology economically attractive. Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory... read more

12/05/2017
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TMM Photonic Software

Researchers have developed a new software package for calculating 3D photonic crystal structures that is highly efficient. 

12/05/2017
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Nozzle for Fine Particle Production

Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory have developed an improved high pressure gas atomizing nozzle that can be used for the production of metal powders.

12/05/2017
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pH-Sensitive Methacrylic Copolymer Gels

Synthesis routes have been defined and materials have been produced, and ISU is seeking partners interested in commercializing this technology.

12/05/2017
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Boride-Rich Boron Material for Neutron Detection
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a material that can be used to detect nuclear substances.
12/05/2017
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Material to Efficiently and Economically Obtain Microorganisms and Microalgae

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a material that provides an economical and efficient process to harvest microorganisms such as microalgae from growth media.  Samples are available for testing.

12/05/2017
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Dual-Color Auto-Calibration Scanning-Angle Evanescent Field Microscope

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a new microscope that can be used for live cell imaging as well as for examining single molecule dynamics.  The new microscope with an automatic high-precision calibration procedure has been tested under laboratory conditions and is available for demonstration. The entire auto calibration procedure is demonstrated to be complete within minutes and incident angles in the full range (from subcritical angles to nearly... read more

12/05/2017
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Conversion of Cyclic Amines into Lactams for Synthesis of Nylons and Other Polymers

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process for the conversion of cyclic amines into lactams, which may have utility for the production of nylons and other industrial polymers.

12/04/2017
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Linearly Polarized Thermal Emitter for More Efficient Thermophotovoltaic Devices

Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices can be used to generate power from photons, and consist of a thermal emitter and photodiode. These limitations of photovoltatic (PV) devices solar cells—since sunlight is composed of many different wavelengths, not all incident photons have an energy larger than the energy band gap (Eg) of the semiconducting material of the photodiode and thus, not all photons can contribute to the photo-current. If the thermal emitter of a TPV can absorb all incoming... read more

12/04/2017
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Linearly Polarized Thermal Emitter for More Efficient Thermophotovoltaic Devices

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed fabrication methods for a polarized thermal emitter than can be used to create more efficient thermophotovoltaic devices for power generation.

12/04/2017
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Alloy Design and Method for Processing Low-Cost Refractory Dispersoid-Reinforced Alloys for Harsh Environments

Alloys used in applications such as exhaust valves are increasingly subject to demanding operating environments, such as high temperatures and exposure to corrosive gases; these alloys must also be able to resist high cycle fatigue, extreme surface wear, and long-term creep deformation.  Iron (Fe)-based superalloys have been developed through a mechanical alloying process that results in a dispersoid strengthened metallic material.  However, mechanical alloying can add significant... read more

12/04/2017
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High Aspect Ratio Metallic Structures for Use as Transparent Electrodes

Polymer-based photovoltaic devices have received intense interest in recent years because of their potential to provide low-cost solar energy conversion, flexibility, manufacturability, and light weight.  However, the efficiency of organic solar cells is about 4-6%, and increasing this efficiency is critical for developing practical applications and commercially viable devices.  One approach to increasing efficiency is to increase the light absorption on the organic film without... read more

10/19/2015
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Fabrication of Emissible Metallic Layer-by-Layer Photonic Crystals Using Microtransfer Molding with Electro-Deposition

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method for increasing the efficiency of conventional incandescent light bulbs.

03/04/2015
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Mechanochemical Preparation of Phosphonium Salts and Phosphorus Ylides

Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory have developed a unique, solvent-free mechanochemical preparation method to prepare phosphonium salts and phosphorous ylides. The phosphorous ylides are then utilized in carrying out the solvent-free synthesis of desired organic compounds employing the Wittig-Horner reaction.

03/04/2015
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A Process for the Conversion of Cyclic Amines Into Lactams

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process for the conversion of cyclic amines into lactams, which may have utility for the production of nylons and other industrial polymers.

03/04/2015
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Structures with Negative Refractive Index for Applications in Optics and Nanophotonics

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed materials and structures with a negative refractive index that potentially open new frontiers in optics applications.

03/04/2015
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Efficient Polymer Solar Cells

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process for producing more efficient polymer solar cells by increasing light absorption through a thin and uniform light-absorbing layer deposited on a textured substrate. 

03/04/2015
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Selective Oxidation of Organic Substrates to Partially Oxidized Products

Rapid and controlled rate of catalysis, utilizing ozone for oxidation of alcohols to ketones or aldehydes, is made possible with this environmentally friendly and versatile technology.

03/04/2015
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Fabrication of Emissible Metallic Layer-by-Layer Photonic Crystals Using Microtransfer Molding with Electro-Deposition

Photonic crystals are optical materials that can be used to control and manipulate the flow of light. Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method for the producing photonic crystals that can be used as highly efficient light sources.

03/04/2015
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Aluminum-Alkaline Metal-Metal Composite Conductor

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a high strength, lightweight aluminum wire for high-voltage power transmission with reduced electrical resistance for overhead electrical lines.

03/04/2015
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Low Resistivity Contact to Iron-Pnicitide Superconductors

Superconductors are materials which carry electrical current without dissipation. However, feeding electrical current into a superconductor generates heat dissipation into the contacts and degrades maximum attainable current value. The degradation in contacts is also different depending on the different chemical nature of the superconducting materials. Iron-pnictide based superconductors have a number of superior properties as compared to other known high temperature superconductors and due... read more

10/21/2014
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Linearly Polarized Thermal Emitter for More Efficient Thermophotovoltaic Devices

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed fabrication methods for a polarized thermal emitter than can be used to create more efficient thermophotovoltaic devices for power generation.

04/22/2013
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Tunable Magnetic Regenerator/Refrigerant

Magnetic regenerators utilize the magnetocaloric effect--the ability of a magnetic field to reduce the magnetic part of a solid materials entropy, generating heat, and then removing the magnetic field, permitting the reduction of temperature with the change in entropy. The cyclic heat generation and absorption in adiabatic magnetization and demagnetization. This invention uses a specific mix of rare earth magnetic materials capable of producing both a first and second order phase transitions... read more

12/07/2012
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Regenerator for Magnetic Refrigerants

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a new magnetic material that can be used at low temperatures (sub liquid hydrogen) for magnetic refrigerators.

12/07/2012
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Cost Effective Production of Giant Magneto-Caloric Materials

The giant magnetocaloric material Gd5(SixGe1-x)4, useful for various types of refrigeration applications, from liquifaction of helium (4K) to room temperature air conditioning and climate control, has just become more cost effective with the development of this new method for utilizing commercially available Gd to produce it.

12/07/2012
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Method for Creating Photonic Band Gap Materials

Innovative microstructures that can direct light in a manner similar to the way semiconductors can influence electrons can be produced by creating what is termed a photonic band gap. These microstructures have the potential to change the way optoelectronic devices, such as photodiodes, LEDs, and integrated optical circuit elements, are designed and used. Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method for creating photonic band gap materials that is economical and does not require the... read more

12/06/2012
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Enhanced Light Extraction from Organic Light Emitting Diodes
Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a soft lithography microlens fabrication and array that enables more efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), improving their commercial viability.
12/06/2012
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Material to Efficiently and Economically Obtain Microorganism and Microalgae
Technology provides an economical and efficient process to harvest microorganisms like microalgae from its growth media.
12/06/2012
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Controlled Metal Photodeposition

A reliable syntheses of semiconductor-metal heterostructure has been developed to enable application of materials in catalytic, magnetic, and opto-electronic devices, and Iowa State University, The Ames Laboratory's Contractor, is looking for industry partners to commercialize this technology.

12/06/2012
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Sorbent Assisted Catalyst for the One-Pot Sequestration and Conversion of Renewable Feedstocks into Fuels

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a technology that provides a simplified and economical production of hydrocarbon fuel from renewable resources with higher energy potential compared to ethanol or biodiesel. The ability to achieve higher yields from lipid feedstock, and in particular algae oils, by not utilizing current methods of fatty acid conversion to methyl ester, makes this technology economically attractive.

12/06/2012
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High Aspect Ratio Metallic Structures for Use as Transparent Electrodes
Metallic structures that can be used as transparent electrodes or to enhance the performance of solar cells or LEDs.
03/23/2012
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Process for Fabrication of Efficient Solar Cells

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a process for fabrication of solar cells with increased efficiency. 

03/23/2012
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Method of Production of Pure Hydrogen Near Room Temperature From Ultra High Capacity Hydride Materials

This is a cost-effective method for the production of pure hydrogen gas from ultra high capacity hydride solid materials.

09/22/2011
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Dual-Color Auto-Calibration Scanning-Angle Evanescent Field Microscope

Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a new microscope that can be used for live cell imaging as well as for examining single molecule dynamics.  Total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) is a mode of fluorescence microscopy that has been widely used for live-cell imaging at the interface between a biological sample and a cover slip or tissue culture well.  TIRFM is based on the induction of an evanescent wave in the liquid adjacent to the interface, which is... read more

03/28/2011
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Iron Catalysis in Oxidations by Ozone

Ozone is used commercially for treatment of potable and non-potable water, and as an industrial oxidant. ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a method for using iron in ozone oxidation that significantly improves the speed of oxidation reactions.

12/28/2010
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High Strength Gold Wire for Microelectronics Miniaturization

ISU and Ames Laboratory researchers have developed a high strength gold wire for use in microelectronics that can maintain its electrical and mechanical properties while permitting miniaturization of microelectronics design.

12/28/2010
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Low Temperature Joining of Ceramic Composites
This invention provides a process for creating a toughened SiC filler and bonding material for joining continuous fiber ceramic composites (either similar or different in composition) at relatively low joining temperatures.
12/16/2010
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Highly Directional Antenna for Improved Communications

Researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory have developed a highly tunable, high directivity microwave antenna with utility for military and mobile communications.

12/16/2010
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Production of Giant magnetocaloric Substances Using Commercially Available Raw Materials
The giant magnetocaloric material Gd5(SixGe1-x)4, useful for various types of refrigeration applications, from liquifaction of helium (4K) to room temperature air conditioning and climate control, has just become more cost effective with the development of this new method for utilizing commercially available Gd to produce it.
12/16/2010
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Ultrafine Hydrogen Storage Powders
This invention provides for composition and method of making extremely fine powders for storing hydrogen.
12/16/2010