News About CMI


Scientists discover potential path to improving samarium-cobalt magnets, August 12, 2019

Critical Materials Institute: Shining new and better light on research and industry collaborations, August 2, 2019

Critical Materials Institute wins TechConnect National Innovation Award, May 30, 2019

Critical Materials: Researchers eye huge supply of rare earth elements from mining waste, March 13, 2019


R&D 100 Awards:

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute takes major step toward printed anisotropic magnets, Oct. 2, 2018

Iowa State University College of Engineering: Alex King receives international Acta Materialia Hollomon Materials & Society Award, Oct. 1, 2018

Federal Laboratory Consortium: Acid-free dissolution rare-earth magnet recycling process, Sept. 25, 2018

Ames Laboratory: Rare-earth magnet recycling tech wins innovation award, August 28, 2018

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute names new director, May 22, 2018

Machine Design: 3D printing behind the scenes, May 7, 2018

Ames Laboratory: Rare earth magnet recycling is a grind, but new process takes a simpler approach, April 19, 2018

Ames Laboratory: CMI expands research in tech materials as rapid growth in electric vehicles drives demand for lithium, cobalt, April 11, 2018

CMI-funded research on recyling rare earth elements:

CMI research wins 2018 FLC Award: Congratulations to the 2018 FLC Award Winners, Feb. 2, 2018


R&D 100 Awards:

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: LLNL scientists stick to a new efficient magnet, Oct. 9, 2017

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute develops new acid-free magnet recycling process, Sept. 5, 2017

ORNL: Neutrons peer into running engine, July 26, 2017

Ames Laboratory: Critical Materials Institute manufactures magnets entirely from U.S.-sourced rare earths, July 28, 2017

Ames Laboratory: The Critical Materials Institute designs rare-earth extractants with the help of new software, June 7, 2017

Rare Earths and Other Critical Materials Status Update, May 2017



New CMI Team Members:

National Manufacturing Day, October 7, 2016:

Oak Ridge National Laboratory licenses rare earth magnet recycling process:

Critical Materials Institute, Oddello Industries pursue recovery of rare-earth magnets from used hard drives, August 16, 2016

Solar panels power materials exhibit at Geology Museum, August 2, 2016

New alloy promises to boost rare earth production while improving energy efficiency of engines, June 3, 2016

Critical Materials Institute gains ten industrial and research affiliates, April 11, 2016

On Critical Materials Institute Gains Ten Industrial and Research Affiliates

How true is conventional wisdom about price volatility of tech metals?, Feb. 11, 2016




Need rare-earths know-how? The Critical Materials Institute offers lower-cost access to experts and research, Dec. 1, 2015

Get schooled in rare-earth metals, Nov. 30, 2015

Speciality Metal Recycling Firm Teams Up with US Critical Materials Institute, Nov. 17, 2015

American Manganese Inc. Enters NDA with U.S. Government’s Ames Laboratory on Lithium Ion Battery Recycling, Nov. 12, 2015

Rare earths for life: an 85th birthday visit with Mr. Rare Earth, Nov. 16, 2015

Better fluorescent lighting through physics, Oct. 7, 2015

The Critical Materials Institute announces two new industry members, Aug. 18, 2015

First commercial license for CMI is for invention created by researchers at ORNL, INL:

The critical second: CMI's second year doubles research milestones, August 4, 2015

New CMI process recycles magnets from factory floor, June 30, 2015

Growing role seen for rare earths as world pushes ahead on ‘green’ technology agenda; supply constraints, recycling issues remain key challenges, June 2015

Rare-earth innovation to improve nylon manufacturing, March 18, 2015

New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics, February 26, 2015; on

A solution to rare earth elements, January 13, 2015



Ionic liquids open door to better rare-earth materials processing, as posted at, December 2014

CMI Director Alex King Talks about Rare Earth Supplies, November 19, 2014

Silicon Shovels for Rare-Earth Solutions, October 28, 2014

A Q&A with Alex King, director of the Critical Materials Institute, September 28, 2014

CMI hosts EU, Japan to discuss global critical materials strategy, September 10, 2014

Rare Element Resources Joins the Critical Materials Institute – A Department of Energy Initiative to Help Ensure a Secure Rare Earth Supply for Evolving Clean Energy Technologies, September 8, 2014

Five Critical Materials Institute researchers named Most Influential Scientific Minds of 2014, August 27, 2014

First anniversary gift for Critical Materials Institute? Inventions. Eleven of them. (July 15, 2014)

Materials Genome Initiative Turns Three, Continues Path to Revitalize American Manufacturing (June 19, 2014)

CMI offers membership program (May 12, 2014)



Ames Laboratory begins new era in research with Critical Materials Institute (2013)

A Holistic Approach to Magnet Development (November 26, 2013)

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Ames Laboratory mark new era in critical materials research with new Energy Innovation Hub (September 10, 2013)

King steps down to lead CMI (April 2013)

Leadership changes for Ames Laboratory (April 26, 2013)

Hubs Aim to Reinvent DOE Research Culture (Science, May 24, 2013)

Ames Laboratory to Lead New Effort to Address Shortages in Rare Earth and Other Critical Materials, (, January 9, 2013)