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.
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids CPFS
Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics