CMI Affiliates

CMI Affiliates are Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), First Solar, Indium, iNEMI, JCDREAM, Material Alchemy, Nth Cycle, NASA, NETL, Sep-All, University of North Dakota,  and Wyonics. More information is available in the following table.

CMI Affiliates:

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment.

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First Solar

First Solar is a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions. The company provides solutions to contemporary energy problems, reducing the risk of fuel price volatility with reliable and bankable PV solutions. First Solar is taking energy forward, and providing comprehensive solar solutions to diversify.

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Indium Corporation is a premier materials supplier to the global electronics, semiconductor, thin film, thermal management, and solar markets. Products include solders and fluxes; brazes; thermal interface materials; sputtering targets; indium, gallium, germanium, and tin metals and inorganic compounds; and Nanofoil®. Founded in 1934, Indium has global technical support and factories located in China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Please visit:

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International Electronic Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI)

iNEMI is a not-for-profit consortium of 90 leading electronics manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies and universities.

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The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) was established to provide the organizational framework to stimulate innovation in the use of earth abundant materials within an established and emerging industrial sector. Washington State has already emerged as a significant innovation and manufacturing hub for the clean energy and transportation industrial sectors.

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Material Alchemy

We work with our industrial partners to solve clearly defined commercial problems in materials - many of which require breakthroughs in basic science and engineering. Using technology to optimize the trade-offs between different material attributes, we use a combination of measurement capabilities, synthesis/processing techniques, theoretical methods and advanced computer-aided analysis, including machine-learning methods, which are specifically geared towards designing the custom material for practical needs, which are also preferably sustainable.

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Nth Cycle

Nth Cycle is developing a technology to recycle rare earth and specialty elements (i.e., Co, Li) from industrial waste streams to create a secure, sustainable source of these critical materials here in the U.S. To find out more, please visit us at and

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NASA Glenn Research Center

NASA is the United States government agency that is responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. It is headquartered in Washington DC and is composed of 10 research and flight field centers located throughout the United States. It was chartered in 1958 and has been responsible for unique scientific and technological achievements in human space flight, space science, space applications, and aeronautics. These efforts have resulted in widespread impacts on our nation, the world, and our understanding of the universe around us. NASA is also heavily involved in outreach and public education through award-winning educational web sites, major exhibitions in museums and science centers, partnerships with minority universities, and research projects that allow students and teachers to participate in NASA missions.

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National Energy Technology Laboratory(NETL)

NETL, the Department of Energy's fossil energy research lab, has expertise in the areas of Energy Conversion Engineering, Materials Engineering, Geological & Environmental Systems, Systems Engineering and Analysis, Computational Science and Engineering, and Program Execution and Integration. Most recently, NETL is developing intramural and extramural research capabilities for separation and extraction of rare earth elements from coal and coal by-products.

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Sep-All is a materials manufacturing company focused on taking the best out of wastes. Sep-All has a unique, low-energy and green technology to manufacture nano materials and micro-powders (NMMP) from wastes. Sep-All research arm is currently partly dedicated on the recovery of rare-earths NMMP from electronic wastes and green technology products.

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University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota Institute for Energy Studies (IES) focuses on the integration of energy education, research and outreach to enable the development of the next generation of energy experts who can facilitate the advancement of energy technologies that are economically competitive, reliable, sustainable, and politically and environmentally acceptable. Tied to the academic mission of the college, the IES inspires the creation of new knowledge that trains the next generation of energy experts, enables the development of revolutionary energy technologies, and establishes advanced industries required to make affordable emissions-free energy technologies a reality. The extraction of rare earth elements and critical materials from low-rank coal is one of the IES’s premier research projects.

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Wyonics was founded in Laramie, Wyoming, with the mission to develop sustainable technologies and resources. We utilize a class of materials known as ionic liquids, which are specifically designed for each application, keeping in mind health and environmental safety and performance.

Wyonics has developed a process which can extract rare earth elements and other valuable materials directly from coal in minutes, transforming coal into a critical feedstock, too valuable to burn. We are working to make the process zero waste, through continued research and development.

Wyonics also works in a number of other arenas, such as instrumental development, biopolymeric materials, and nanomedicine. Our partnership brings combined expertise in many fields and industries, including: ionic liquids, biochemistry, electrochemistry, nanomaterials, organic synthesis, inorganic/analytical chemistry, biopolymers, toxicology, pharmacology, instrumental design, software development, and more.


For more information:

  • CMI Affiliates Membership, The Ames Laboratory, 306 TASF, 2408 Pammel Drive, Ames, IA, 50011-1015