The Critical Materials Institute (CMI), an Energy Innovation Hub established in 2013 and led by Ames National Laboratory, is a sustained, multidisciplinary effort to develop solutions across the materials life cycle as well as reduce the impact of supply chain disruptions and price fluctuations associated with these valuable resources.

By bringing together scientists and engineers from diverse disciplines, the CMI is addressing challenges in critical materials, including mineral processing, manufacture, substitution, efficient use, and end-of-life recycling; integrating scientific research, engineering innovation, manufacturing and process improvements; and developing a holistic solution to the materials challenges facing the nation.

It includes expertise from four national laboratories, over a dozen universities, and over thirty industry partners to minimize materials criticality as an impediment to the commercialization of clean energy technologies. 

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Critical Materials Institute: Ames Laboratory, Developing Substitutes
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Helena Khazdozian, U.S. Department of Energy, Technology Manager

Reports & Resources

Critical Materials Institute (CMI) Annual Report
Take a look at the achievements of the Critical Materials Institute in its most recent annual report.
DOE Critical Minerals & Materials Strategies
These reports examine the role of rare earth metals and other materials in the clean energy economy.

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