The MAG-DRIVE consortium brings together the most advanced magnets research activity in Europe with a major European OEM, to produce the materials and systems necessary for next-generation EVs.

Jožef Stefan Institute

Jožef Stefan Institute is the leading Slovenian scientific research institute, covering a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. The staff of more than 930 specializes in natural sciences, life sciences and engineering. The mission of the Jožef Stefan Institute is the accumulation - and dissemination - of knowledge at the frontiers of natural science and technology to the benefit of society at large through the pursuit of education, learning, research, and the development of high technology at international levels of excellence.

The Department for Nanostructured Materials brings together scientists, experts and young researchers from various complementary fields of science. It is involved in two Centres of Excellence; and active in the ERA with 15 multilateral projects currently running. The Group for Magnetic Materials at the Department for Nanostructured Materials is ideally skilled to contribute to the aims and success of the project. Microscopy-based investigations of magnetic materials, in particular permanentmagnet materials, have a track record going back 20 years at JSI, and has facilities for small-to-medium scale production of magnetic powders based on conventional ball milling, high-energy milling and hydrothermal synthesis.

Staff members involved

Assoc. Professor Dr Paul McGuiness was one of the inventors of the hydrogendecrepitation process for Nd–Fe–B magnets, a process that is now almost universally employed by permanent-magnet production facilities. Previously he worked at the National Metrology Institute in Turkey, where he established the Laboratory for Magnetic Measurements and Standards. His activities also include magnetocaloric materials, hydrogen-storage materials, hydrogen-resistant coatings and quasicrystals. During 2007-2011 he coordinated the EU 6FP project Hydrogen-impermeable nanomaterial coatings for steels, and has more than 100 publications in the area of permanent-magnet materials.

Professor Spomenka Kobe, the head of department, initiated rare-earth magnet research activities in Slovenia and is the recipient of two State Awards for Scientific Research and two Innovation Awards from industry for the successful transfer of technology. She has 135 refereed publications and 4 patents.

Assoc. Professor Sašo Šturm is one of the leading scientists in analytical electron microscopy and is focused on the development of state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques for solving material problems at the nano-scale. He was involved in the European project ESTEEM IP3-FP6, which combined the most eminent European microscopy centres and has more than 50 publications.

Dr. Kristina Žužek Rožman is involved in a national project on developing ferromagnetic shape memory nanoactuators for medical applications and is coordinating an EU FP6 MNT-ERA.NET II project “NSFM”. She has more than 30 publications related to magnetism.

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