The US Department of Energy (DOE)’s performance report on metal research institute Ames Laboratory showed that the lab improved on its 2016 performance and now exceeds expectations in a majority of the key performance areas measured.

The DOE Office of Science annually measures its 10 national laboratories against eight standard performance goals. In addition to maintaining an A- in the key category of mission accomplishment, the lab also improved its grades in science and technology program management and management of facilities and infrastructure from a B+ in 2016 to an A- in 2017.

The report described the lab’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) staff as being among the leading experts in the area of rare-earth elements, and cited technologies developed at CMI as able to make ‘dramatic positive impact on the scientific and industrial community involved in critical materials’.

For meeting the DOE’s goals in scientific and technical performance and management and operations, Iowa State University will receive a 12-month extension of its contract to operate Ames Laboratory and its performance fee.

This story is reprinted from material from Ames Lab, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.