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TMS2024 All-Conference Plenary Session

Translating Scientific Discovery into Impactful Innovation to Solve Critical Materials Challenges: A Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Orlando

The clean energy transition calls for unprecedented demand for critical materials. These materials—like lithium for electric vehicle (EV) batteries and neodymium for magnets in offshore wind turbine generators—face supply chain vulnerabilities and are often difficult to substitute. Yet, many of the technologies used to manufacture critical materials are not necessarily viable from a safety, economic, environmental, or social standpoint in the U.S. This calls for a departure from decade-old methods to meet the needs of the clean energy transition. Innovation can lead to sustainable approaches to developing critical material supply chains. This panel will discuss how innovation in all forms—from advancing our understanding of materials at the atomic level to disruptive technologies—can be accelerated through intentional partnerships to meet the needs of the clean energy industrial base while preserving the future. The panelists will bring perspectives from industry, government, and the Critical Materials Innovation Hub (CMI), a public-private partnership led by Ames National Laboratory. This session will feature an interactive Q&A session with audience members.


Helena Khazdozian
Co-Chair of the Critical Materials Collaborative (CMC), Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Technologies Office, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Thomas Lograsso
Director, Critical Materials Innovation Hub, Ames National Laboratory

Robert Miles
Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Momentum Technologies, Inc.