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Ames Laboratory

U.S. Department of Energy
Work ISU Campus 2405 Kooser Drive Ames IA 50011 United States Work Phone: (515) 294-2916 Website: Ames Laboratory


Ames Laboratory is a Department of Energy research facility run by Iowa State University. It was established in the 1940s with work centered on atomic energy. While the primary focus today is seeking solutions to energy-related problems, the lab also pursues a broad range of research topics and applications.

The facility has approximately 310 full time employees and 149 students.

Scientific programs include:

The Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences is developing new techniques to obtain an unprecedented look at living cells and to enhance chemical imaging with high spatial and temporal resolution. The focus is on developing methods for the study of surface reaction phenomena, cluster science and nucleation, biological processes and catalysis.