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NOVel, critical materials free, high Anisotropy phases for permanent MAGnets, by design
NOVAMAG aims to develop an automated large computational screening of new and novel intermetallic compounds with uniaxial structures (with high saturation magnetization, magnetocrystalline anisotropy and Curie temperature) and their experimental validation, for the rapid development of high energy permanent magnet applications without the use of critical raw materials


Clean into the future



„No more harmful exhausts from cars!“ This desire to improve the quality of life in our cities has often been heard in recent weeks. The technology is available and intensive research is being carried out to improve the current systems. CO2 neutral mobility requires electricity from renewable sources. With a high share of wind and hydroelectric power, Austria has the best prerequisites. Smaller, lighter and more power "is a formula that also applies to electromobility and power generation. The stronger the magnet in the motor or generator, the smaller it can be dimensioned. Powerful magnets require critical materials. These are raw materials that are important for social development - but are limited and expensive. The Center for Integrated Sensor Systems at the Danube University Krems is a partner in international projects for the development of new magnetic materials without critical materials.
It sounds complicated, but it's almost like a computer game. The researchers at Technopol Wiener Neustadt use the high computing power of computer graphics cards to break down the magnet into millions of small "compass needles" and calculate how they align. These computer simulations provide important data to improve the magnets.


This work is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under the project number 686056.