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Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 98–99 | Cite as

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National Academy Report Cites Ames Laboratory’s Strength in New Materials Research

According to a recent report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States, once the world leader in the discovery and growth of crystalline materials, is now falling behind other nations. Citing a decline in large U.S. industrial research laboratories and new investment by foreign governments as the cause behind this slippage, the report also singles out the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories as one of the bright spots, citing the Ames Laboratory both as a center for new materials research and as a training ground for the next generation of researchers.

The 190-page report, “Frontiers in Crystalline Matter: From Discovery to Technology,” was written by the Council’s Committee for an Assessment of and Outlook for New Materials Synthesis and Crystal Frontiers in Crystalline Matter Growth. The committee assessed new materials research, identified...

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