Special Evening Session – 5.30pm-6.30pm Tuesday 25 April 2017

Who Funds Magnetics Research, and Why?

Special Evening Session – 5.30pm-6.30pm Thursday 27 April 2017

“50 years of rare earth permanent magnets”

Special Evening Session – 5.30pm-6.30pm Tuesday 25 April 2017

Who Funds Magnetics Research, and Why?

The annual cost of the research activity conducted by the INTERMAG community is of order $1-200M; the value of the annual market in magnetic materials and products depending critically on magnetic technology is perhaps $1-200B. The cost of training new scientists and engineers, and creating new knowledge in the public domain is largely borne by public funds, with contributions from industry and individuals.  This session explores why and how the public pay, the value of their investment, and the shape of funding in future.


Michael Coey, Trinity College, Dublin (Chair)

Mark Fergusson, Director and CEO, Science Foundation Ireland

Burkhard Jahnen, Programme Director at the DFG

Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives UC Davis

John Pethica, Chief Scientist, U.K. National Physical Laboratory and former Vice President of the Royal Society

Michael Coey

Michael Coey is author of several books and numerous papers on magnetism and magnetic materials, with contributions to amorphous and disordered magnetic materials, permanent magnetism, magnetism of soils and minerals, dilute oxides and magnetoelectrochemistry, with more recent work on magnetomicrofluidics, spin electronics, d-zero magnetism and half metals. A Fellow of the Royal Society and Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science, he served as Chairman of the IUPAP Magnetism Commission, and Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. He founded Magnetic Solutions Ltd and the Trinity College Science Gallery, and was a promoter of CRANN, Ireland’s nanoscience research centre.

Dr.-Ing. Burkhard Jahnen

Dr. Burkhard Jahnen is head of the Materials Science and Engineering team of the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is responsible for funding research programmes with a total grants budget of EUR 115 million in 2015 (4 % of DFG’s grants in that year). Dr. Jahnen received his diploma in materials science from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 1998 and his doctoral degree from RWTH Aachen University in 2002. In the same year he joined DFG head office in Bonn. Dr. Jahnen initiated several strategic investment schemes in scientific instrumentation and was responsible for major international cooperation programmes

Paul Dodd

Paul Dodd is Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives at University of California, Davis. Paul is responsible for the oversight and development of many interdisciplinary research institutes, centers, and programs, stimulating new research activities, and enabling international research partnerships.

Paul was formerly Director of Industry Collaborative Programs at Science Foundation Ireland. He has also worked in Silicon Valley with IDA Ireland, advancing research links between U.S. industry and Irish academic research groups and centers.

Previously, he worked for Seagate in a range of R&D and Engineering Management positions and is graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BSc, MSc materials science) and Queen’s University Belfast (Ph.D. Physics).

Prof.Mark Ferguson

Director General, Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland

Professor Mark W.J. Ferguson commenced as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland in January 2012 and as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland in October 2012.  Previously he was Professor in Life Sciences at the University of Manchester (since 1984) and co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Renovo Group plc (1998-2011).

He is the recipient of numerous international research awards including the 2002 European Science Prize (jointly), and is the author of 327 research papers and book chapters, 60 patent families and author / editor of 8 books.

Mark graduated from the Queens University of Belfast with degrees in Dentistry (BDS 1st class honours), Anatomy and Embryology (BSc 1st class honours, PhD) and Medical Sciences (DMedSc), holds Fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Ireland (FFD), and Edinburgh (FDS) and is a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). He is a member or Fellow of a number of learned Societies, and was made a “Commander of the British Empire” (CBE) by the Queen in 1999 for services to Health and Life Sciences.


Special Evening Session – 5.30pm-6.30pm Thursday 27 April 2017


“50 years of rare earth permanent magnets”

Karl Strnat’s 1967 paper entitled “A Family of New Cobalt-Base Permanent Magnet Materials” heralded the emergence of high performance rare earth transition metal magnets. Sm-Co magnets and the subsequently discovered Nd-Fe-B magnets, went on to revolutionize machine design and performance and are playing an ever greater role in clean energy technologies. In this special evening session we will hear talks from three eminent scientists, George Hadjipanayis, Masato Sagawa and Rex Harris, with both historical and future perspectives on the development of RE-TM magnets. Michael Coey will finish up with some general reflections and will pay tribute to Irving Mitchell, a former member of the European Commission who oversaw the CEAM project, which brought together 58 European groups working on fundamental studies, processing and applications of RE-TM magnets.

Chair: D. Givord

G. Hadjipanayis – The development of Sm-Co magnets

M. Sagawa – NdFeB magnets – past, present and future

I.R. Harris  – The use of hydrogen in the processing of RE-TM magnets

J.M.D. Coey – Reflection and tribute to I.V. Mitchell


 Masato Sagawa

Masato Sagawa received his bachelor and master degrees in electric engineering from Kobe University in 1966 and 1968, respectively, and his doctoral degree in materials engineering from Tohoku University in 1972. He joined Fujitsu in 1972, where he was assigned to develop magnetic materials. In 1978, he had an idea for rare earth iron permanent magnets and carried out experiments that lead him to an NdFeB sintered magnet. He left Fujitsu in 1982 and joined Sumitomo Special Metals (SSM) where he accomplished the industrialization of the NdFeB sintered magnets. He left SSM in 1988 and set up a company, Intermetallics Co.. Masato Sagawa’s honors include American Physical Society International Prize for New Materials(1986), and Japan Prize(2012). He is now Adviser for Daido Steel.

George Hadjipanayis 

Dr. Hadjipanayis is widely recognized as an expert in the field of rare earth magnets with over 570 publications and enjoys an international reputation for his contributions to the science and development of the Nd-Fe-B and Sm2Co17 –based permanent magnets.  In fact, Dr. Hadjipanayis is one of the three researchers who first discovered the potential of the Pr(Nd)-Fe-B magnets in 1983.  He has received numerous awards including the UD Francis Alison Award (2005), the APS Fellow (2001), the Humboldt Fellow (1998) and two Senior Marie Currie Fellowships. He is currently the R.B.Murray Professor of Physics at the University of Delaware.

Ivor Rex Harris

Ivor Rex Harris is Honorary Professor of Materials Science at the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. He has a long-standing research interest in the fields of rare earth alloys, permanent magnets and hydrogen purification and storage materials, has numerous patents and has published over 500 scientific papers and edited and co-edited a number of books. More recently he has focused his activities on the application of NdFeB magnets and hydrogen storage materials to practical demonstrators of zero-emission craft, serving to highlight the potential of magnets and hydrogen in the drive towards a sustainable transport system. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.