Prof. Dr. Kazuhiro HonoMagnetic Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
Dy-free high coercivity Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets
Due to the recent concern about the stable supply of heavy rare earth elements, attaining high coercivity in Nd-Fe-B magnets without Dy has received intense research interest. In this talk, we will update our recent progresses toward the development of high coercivity Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets. To obtain complete understanding of the microstructure-coercivity relationships, we revisited the microstructures of Nd-Fe-B sintered and hot-deformed magnets using aberration-corrected STEM complemented by atom probe tomography. We found that the structure and chemical composition of the grain boundary phase varies depending on the orientation of grain boundaries, i.e., the grain boundary phase parallel to the c-planes are mostly crystalline with a higher Nd concentration in contrast to that lying parallel to the c-axis that contains higher Fe content with an amorphous structure. Based on these new findings, we developed a method to increase the coercivity of the anisotropic Nd-Fe-B magnets substantially without relying on Dy.
After eleven years as Head of the Ecotechnologies programme Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat was appointed as Dean of the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School on 5 April 2016. She has been involved in the work of the IPS since its very beginnings.
Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat is also a research counsellor at the Jožef Stefan Institute and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences.
The Department of Environmental Sciences deals with diverse research topics from the field of natural and social sciences which help define our environment, society and human activities. The aim of research is to clarify the relationship between natural processes and human activities, and the impact of these activities on human health and the environment. The field of research, education and technological development encompasses the topics of environmental analytical chemistry, biological and geochemical cycles in the environment, interactions between the environment and human health, food safety and traceability, environmental monitoring, development of clean technologies and waste management, as well as risk and environmental impact assessment.
In addition to being the Head of the department and the programme team dealing with the aforementioned issues Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat is also the coordinator of the EU project ERA Chair for isotope techniques in food quality, safety and traceability, and the EU Twinning project MASSTWIN which aims to raise the level of using isotope analyses in the field of environment, health and food. She was also the coordinator of the “Environmental Technologies” Centre of Excellence.
Her achievements are of significant value for Slovenia and the world, as her scientific basis contributed to creating new international regulations and standards, which is one of the most important aims of research work in the field of environmental sciences. Her research results published in more than 208 publications in journals with impact factor have received much attention with more than 6000 citations without self-citations. She held many invited lectures at international conferences, research institutions, and universities across the world. She actively participates in European projects and in international environment protection organisations, especially in the framework of the United Nations, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She received the title Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia in 2002, and the Zois Award in 2014.
The scholarships for postgraduate (master or doctorate) studies are available to nationals of Western Balkan states for study in the Republic of Slovenia in the field of natural sciences, technology and medicine.
The subject matter of this call is the award of scholarships for master or doctorate studies in the field of natural sciences, technology and medicine in Slovenia to nationals of Western Balkan States.
The scholarship will be awarded for:
- Tuition in the set amount but not more than 3.000 EUR per individual study year.
- Living costs in the amount of EUR 700 per month.
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Expected IPS Senate Meetings:
October 6, 2015
November 10, 2015
December 8, 2015
Januar 12, 2016
Februar 9, 2016
Marec 8, 2016
April 5, 2016
Maj 10, 2016
Junij 7, 2016
Julij 12, 2016
September 6, 2016
Oktober 4, 2016
Materials for the Senate meeting should be submitted at least 15 days before the meeting before 12 p.m. (midday).
The next diploma conferment ceremony is scheduled for 20 June 2016.
IPS obtained Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 and is participating in the ERASMUS program, which allows for exchanges of students and professors.
The candidates are requested to fill the bilateral agreement and provide information about the contact person at foreign university, starting date and length of requested exchange to IPS Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The IPS Senate will decide on received proposals until the funds are available.
Erasmus Policy Statement, Erasmus Charter and draft of a Bilateral Agreement on Erasmus exchange are published among documents for collaborators.
More information: http://www.cmepius.si/vzu/erasmus.aspx