NEXMAG is a collaborative research project funded by MINECO, the
Research Council of Norway and the Slovak Academy of
Sciences in the framework of the M-era.Net consortium. It officially started
in December 2015 and it will run for three years until the end of 2018. NEXMAG
is coordinated by Dr Alberto Bollero at IMDEA Nanociencia.
Magnetic materials are important in the production, transmission and use of
electrical energy. An increased use of low carbon technologies is necessary
to ensure a high living standard. Permanent magnets (PMs), used in a multitude
of technological applications, play a very important role in these efforts.
However, these PMs contain critical raw materials [rare-earths (REs)] as
fundamental constituents and EU does not own the natural resources.
NEXMAG project considers as main objective the development of nanocomposite
Manganese-based materials that will result in (BH)max=4.5-15 MGOe through an
efficient coupling between two complementary phases:
These new magnets - constituted by non-critical elements - will allow substitution
of RE-PMs in many technological applications therefore contributing to solve the
EU dependency of REs.
The NEXMAG consortium combines complementary expertise within materials synthesis,
processing and characterization. It consists of three partner institutions:
The scientific and technological impacts of NEXMAG are manifested by participation
of a long time experienced PMs-enterprise (IMA S.L.) in addition to a prominent
research group in the field of new permanent magnets (Chemical Engineering Department
at Northeastern University in Boston) as Members of the Advisory Board.
Project Duration: December 2015 - December 2018
Total Budget: EUR 865 333
Funding from National Agencies: EUR 739 424