Small and Smart Magnet Design

Small and Smart Magnet Design

Project period: 2013-2017

Society faces an accumulated need to find ways to produce super strong magnets that can fulfill the growing demands for green technology products such as compact and efficient generators and electromotors, preferably using less rare earth elements than today's powerful magnets. Next-generation magnets could very likely be composite materials built bottom-up from nanoparticles. However, combining the nanoparticles into a compact magnetic material where all magnetic moments are aligned is an engineering challenge. This project aims to reveal – with nanoparticle-resolution - assembly-processes and particle arrangements that can generate optimal magnetic order in new materials. These studies are enabled by advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and magnetization studies.

Nanoparticle composite magnet

News about the project

University science for kids September 28, 2013: Cathrine Frandsen participates in "Børnenes Universitet" with a fun work shop about magnets Supermagneter skal styrke fremtidens grønne energiforsyning

ScienceNordic: Super magnets to strengthen tomorrow’s green energy supplies

DTU Fysik: Lektor Cathrine Frandsen modtager en Sapere Aude-bevillinger

DTU: Over 21 millioner til banebrydende forskningsprojekter

The Ministry, FI: Grant announcement interview  


Upcoming positions

The project will be looking for two top-qualified post docs for advanced electron microscopy studies of magnetic nanoparticles.


Sapere Aude  

 The project is funded by a Sapere Aude grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research 


Cathrine Frandsen
DTU Fysik
45 25 31 67