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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.
Dr. Clémentine Bidaud - Postdoctoral researcher.
Melek Villanueva - PhD student.
Daniel Casaleiz - PhD student.
Carla Muñoz - PhD student.
Jimena Soler - PhD student.
Alonso Campos - PhD student.
Javier de Vicente - Technician (robotics and automatism solutions).
Cristina Montero - Laboratory Technician.

Complete information on Scope, Facilities and Projects can be found here: Group of Permanent Magnets and Applications.

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.

Foto grupo Permanent Magnets Octubre 2020The 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;
◦ Development of nanocrystalline permanent magnets without critical raw materials (rare-earths);
◦ Preparation and characterization of model magnetic nanostructures: thin films and multilayers;
◦ Nanoparticle engineering to synthesize nanoparticles with complex structures and tuned properties;
◦ Electrochemical synthesis of nanowires with permanent magnet properties;
◦ Advanced 3D-printing technologies of magnetic and metallic materials;
◦ Improved and novel technological applications of permanent magnets and magnetic sensors; 
◦ Recovery and recycling of permanent magnets in industrial plants.

The quality of the research carried out by the team is proven by 14 initiatives (national and international ones) coordinated or with a P.I. role by the team during the last 5 years (2015-2020). Detailed information about the projects can be found in the Section Projects of this website.

Scientific and technological initiatives coordinated by the Group:
(i) EU M-era.Net Project NEXMAG (Ref. PCIN-2015-126). This project has been designated Success Case by the M.ERA-NET network.
(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 projects "ECNanoManga" and "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.U. (Barcelona).

The Group is additionally participating in the project UWIPOM2 (with Dr. Alberto Bollero as IMDEA's P.I.) [Ref. 857654]; and in the project NanomagCOST (coordinated by Prof. Rodolfo Miranda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; and Dr. Alberto Bollero as IMDEA's P.I.) [Ref. S2018/NMT-4321].

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; and has participated in the project NanoFrontMag-CM (coordinated by Prof. Rodolfo Miranda, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; and Dr. Alberto Bollero as IMDEA's P.I.) [Ref. S2013/MIT-2850].