The Ames Laboratory, located on the campus of Iowa State University, is one of ten U.S. Department of Energy research facilities. The laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions by using their expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Ames Lab employs 745 people, including 260 scientists, as well as many Iowa State students. The Ames Laboratory also directs and houses the Critical Materials Institute, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub. With cutting edge materials research, high-performance computing, and environmental science and management efforts, the laboratory finds solutions to energy-related challenges of national concern. The Ames Laboratory is internationally recognized as a leader in materials sciences, developing new ways to produce and use existing materials, and discovering new environmentally friendly materials to meet global challenges. Although Ames Laboratory has excelled in materials research, some of the other specific research projects that have been studied over the years include world-class fundamental photosynthesis, development of a remote controlled analysis system to analyze hazardous waste, and the study of nontraditional materials as semiconductors.
“The Ames Laboratory has a unique combination of experts in material science that you just don’t find anywhere else.” –Adam Schwartz, Director of The Ames Laboratory
The Ames Lab has an annual budget of $50 million.
In the 1940s, the lab building, as part of Project Ames, produced 2,000,000 pounds of pure uranium for the Manhattan Project.
In 1947, the Atomic Energy Commission formally established the Ames Laboratory.