Cooperation with the Max Planck Society

By continuing the »Pact for Research and Innovation«, the participating research organizations have renewed their commitment to the government to take further steps to enhance Germany’s status as a leading scientific nation. One of these measures aims to bridge the gap between basic and applied research by improving cooperation between the institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and those of the Max Planck Society. Since the initiative was launched, a whole series of research projects have been evaluated and approved by internal and independent experts.

Current cooperation and partners:

HEUSLER - New magnetic materials without rare earth elements


High-performance hard magnetic materials are essential in all areas of our lives, including medical diagnostics, power generation, electromobility, and many consumer products such as cars. These applications currently make use of permanent magnets made of samarium-cobalt alloys, which require rare earth elements for their production. But the supply of rare earth elements is politically insecure, making it necessary to search for alternatives. Heusler compounds offer a possible solution. This project was launched to investigate ways of producing Heusler compounds with comparable magnetic properties to permanent magnets containing rare earth elements, while at the same time reducing material costs. These alternative materials offer a possible means by which many sectors of German industry could cement their leading role in the research and development of high-tech products.

Participating institutes:

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids CPFS
Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics
Duration: 2014-2017