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Friday, June 21

Overview of the Critical Materials Institute and CMI @ ORNL

Alex King , Ames Laboratory, Ames, Iowa
CMI @ ORNL Kick-Off Meeting
11:00 AM — 12:00 PM, Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (Building 5100), Auditorium (Room 128)
Contact: Renae Speck (, 865.576.4680


Please join us for an overview of the Critical Materials Institute by Alex King (CMI Director), remarks from Martin Keller and Michelle Buchanan, meet the CMI @ ORNL proposal team, and learn about future CMI plans.

A team led by the Ames Laboratory was selected earlier this year for the Department of Energy's Critical Materials Energy Innovation Hub. DOE announced on Jan. 9 that the Ames Lab and its partners were selected to receive $120 million in funding over five years for what has been named the Critical Materials Institute.

The Critical Materials Institute will focus on technologies that will increase the diversity of supply of critical materials, eliminate the need for materials that are subject to supply disruptions, and improve recycling.

These critical materials, including many rare earth elements, are essential for American competitiveness in the clean energy industry. Many materials deemed critical by the DOE are used in modern clean energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient lighting. The Department's 2011 Critical Materials Strategy reported that supply challenges for five rare earth metals (dysprosium, terbium, europium, neodymium and yttrium) may affect clean energy technology deployment in the coming years.

Besides the Ames Laboratory, the team includes partners from three other national laboratories:

  • Idaho National Laboratory,
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
and seven universities:
  • Brown University,
  • the Colorado School of Mines,
  • Purdue University, Rutgers University,
  • University of California-Davis,
  • Iowa State University, and
  • Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute.

Industry partners include

  • General Electric,
  • OLI Systems, Inc.,
  • SpinTek Filtration, Inc.,
  • Advanced Recovery, Cytec, Inc.,
  • Molycorp, Inc. and
  • Simbol Materials.