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The Group of Permanent Magnets and Applications is integrated in the Program Nanoscience for Critical Raw Materials of IMDEA Nanoscience and is constituted at present by:

Prof. Alberto Bollero - Group Leader and Program Manager.
Dr. Ester M. Palmero - Postdoctoral researcher.
Dr. Cristina Navío - Postdoctoral researcher.
Javier Rial - PhD student.
Melek Villanueva - PhD student.
Nadia A. Jiménez - PhD student.
Daniel Casaleiz - PhD student.
Noelia López - Technician (scientific laboratory).
Javier de Vicente - Technician (robotics and automatism solutions).

The Program Nanoscience for Critical Raw Materials (coordinated by Prof. Alberto Bollero) is working closely with the Program Nanomagnetism (coordinated by Prof. Julio Camarero) at IMDEA Nanoscience.

Group of Permanent Magnets and Applications at IMDEA Nanoscience.

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From left to right: Noelia López, Daniel Casaleiz, Javier de Vicente, Dr. Ester M. Palmero, Nadia A. Jiménez, Prof. Alberto Bollero, Javier Rial, Dr. Cristina Navío, Melek Villanueva.

The Group of Permanent Magnets and Applications is working on fundamental and applied aspects of permanent magnets with no or reduced content of critical raw elements (rare-earths). The scope is the complete or partial substitution of strategically and costly rare earths (Nd and Dy) in technological permanent magnets in close collaboration with EU industrial partners. The main research lines are:

◦ Systems under study: MnAl-based, MnBi, L10-FeNi, ferrites, hybrid ferrite/NdFeB systems.
◦ Preparation and characterization of model magnetic nanostructures: thin films and multilayers.
◦ Synthesis and study of isotropic nanocrystalline magnetic powders.
◦ Advanced 3D-printing technologies of permanent magnets and metallic materials.
◦ Recycling methods applied to permanent magnet waste and residues in industrial plants.
◦ Consulting solutions and measurements-testing services to technological centres and international companies.

Scientific and technological initiatives coordinated by the Group:
(i) EU M-era.Net Project “NEXMAG” (Ref. PCIN-2015-126) [www.nexmag.net]. This project has been designated Success Case by the M.ERA-NET network (https://m-era.net/success-stories/new-exchange-coupled-manganese-based-magnetic-materials-nexmag).
(ii) Bilateral project “ENMA” (Ref. MAT2014-56955-R) between the Northeastern University Boston (Prof. Laura H. Lewis’ Group) and IMDEA Nanociencia, which also involves the company IMA S.L. (Barcelona).
(iii) “3D-MAGNETOH” (Ref. MAT2017-89960-R) involving participation of IMA (Barcelona) and the Institute of Physics - Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia).
(iv) Supporting action “EUIN2017-88502”.

Industrial collaborations:

(a) Industrial project “GAMMA” with the Swedish company Höganäs, world-leading manufacturer of metal powders.
(b) Innovation Fund (“Cheque Innovación”) by Regional Government of Madrid with the company RAMEM S.A. (Madrid).
(c) Industrial collaboration “Bonded Magnets” with IMA S.L. (Barcelona).
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.