The Group of Permanent Magnets and Applications is a young group integrated in the Program Nanoscience for Critical Raw Materials of IMDEA Nanoscience and is constituted by:
Dr. Alberto Bollero – Head of the Division and Program Manager. Dr. Cristina Navío – Postdoctoral researcher. Dr. Ester M. Palmero – Postdoctoral researcher. Javier Rial – PhD student. Melek Villanueva – PhD student. Noelia López – Technician (scientific laboratory). Javier de Vicente – Technician (robotics and automatism solutions).
The Group is actively working in:
(a) Preparation and characterization of magnetic nanostructures: thin films and permanent magnet powders. (b) Fabrication of magnets by diverse methods to be implemented in technological applications: automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. (c) Development of prototypes (5 patents). (d) Advanced 3D-printing technologies of metallic materials. (e) Recycling methods successfully proven for: magnetic waste in industrial plants, and magnets from electronic devices. (f) Consulting solutions and measurements services to technological centers and international companies.
The Group is at present coordinating several scientific and technological initiatives:
1. EU M-era.Net Project NEXMAG (Ref. MAT2014-56955-R) involving IFE-Norway and IPSAS-Slovakia [www.nexmag.net]. 2. Bilateral project ENMA (Ref. PCIN-2015-126) between the Northeastern University Boston, USA (Prof. Laura H. Lewis’ Group) and IMDEA Nanociencia, which also involves the company IMA S.A. (Barcelona). 3. Industrial project with the company Höganäs AB (Sweden), for development of novel permanent magnets solutions. 4. The Group is additionally participating in the project NANOFRONTMAG-CM (coordinated by Prof. Rodolfo Miranda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) [Ref. S2013/MIT-2850]. In the past, the Group has coordinated the EU Project FP7 NANOPYME (Ref. 310516) and a bilateral German-Spanish action exploring the use of rare-earth/metal multilayers in new sensing devices. The Group participates in the awarded commitment EU RAW-NANOVALUE (Nanotechnology as a vehicle for substitution of critical raw materials), that groups 37 partners (R&D, academia, platforms and industry) from 17 different countries.