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First Meeting on Rare Metals was held to exchange information under bilateral relationship between US and Japan

May 27, 2014

 First Meeting on Rare Metals was held at Tsukuba center in National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) on May/20.
 Director Thomas Lograsso in Ames Lab1) and Director Alexander King in CMI2) attended this meeting with ad hoc Japanese members including members in NEDO to exchange information about supply chain, recycling technology, and theoretical studies of magnet materials, and furthermore materials informatics.
 Before this meeting, American delegates including Director of Ames lab as described above paid a courtesy visit to Chairman Furukawa in NEDO to discuss bilateral cooperation areas containing supply chain on May/19.

1) The Ames Laboratory: One of national laboratories under US DOE, in Iowa. The laboratory is top class research center on materials science included critical materials in US. The laboratory has created a lot of technological innovations on substitution, effective use, recycling, and ore mining.

2) CMI (Critical Material Institute): One of Energy Innovation Hubs under US DOE for stable supply of critical materials. This institute comprises three national laboratories of DOE, seven universities and seven industrial companies, and they will be funded 120 million dollars for five years, performing total researches from mining to recycling.

  • NEDO Chairman Furukawa and Ames lab Director Lograsso shaking hands
    Scene of courtesy visit (second from left hand side: NEDO Chairman Furukawa, third: Ames lab Director Lograsso)
  • Director general Okada and Ames lab Director Lograsso, each at the podium
    Scene of meeting (left: Director general Okada, right: Ames lab Director Lograsso)