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Iowa’s advanced manufacturing industry is a major driver of the state’s economy. The state is also a national leader in wind energy and continues to explore ways to further integrate this renewable source of energy into regional systems. Ames Laboratory, a Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory like ORNL, reinforces the state’s energy economy through its wealth of materials science and chemistry expertise.

Value of contracts awarded $3.8M
44% Percentage to small business
55% Percentage to educational institutions
Publications authored with Iowa institutions 242
Organizations that sponsored research with ORNL 1
ORNL User Facilities Users in Iowa
Building Technologies Research and Integration Center 1
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility 1
Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences 1
High Flux Isotope Reactor 3
Manufacturing Demonstration Facility 1
Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility 9
Spallation Neutron Source 7

ORNL’s user facilities offer a diverse set of tools for experiments across a range of fields, including biology, materials and energy sciences, physics, engineering, and chemistry. Learn more about ORNL’s user facilities. Data reflects fiscal year 2020 except for scientific publications, which covers 2016–2020. Partner stories reflect work conducted from 2016 to present.


Ames Laboratory is a scientific leader in the discovery, synthesis, analysis, and application of new materials, chemistries, and tools. The lab shares a campus with Iowa State University in Ames, about 35 miles north of Des Moines. DOE’s Critical Materials Institute, of which ORNL is a member, is led by and based at Ames Laboratory. CMI is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub focused on accelerating scientific and technological breakthroughs needed for resilient, secure supply chains for rare-earth metals and other materials critical to clean energy.


Learn more about energy research at ORNL.


Viewpoint Molecular Targeting of Coralville uses ORNL-produced thorium-228 for its radium-224 generators. These generators produce isotopes used for the treatment of breast, ovarian, and skin cancers.


Learn more about isotopes research at ORNL.

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