Join the seminar on Functional Materials in San Sebastian on 22-23 February 2022!

Three families of Functional Materials have some overlaps and are very central in the quest towards efficient production, transportation and use of energy that is and will be the challenge for Europe to support the EU Green Deal. 

Magnets are a key part of the electrical revolution, and almost all hard magnets, and a fraction of the soft magnets, are produced with powder metallurgical processes. So, they are increasingly important, and the attention also from the institutional stakeholders in Europe is nowadays very strong as the supply chain is critically dependent on supply from China. The European Union is supporting the development of less critical supply chains for Rare Earths, for instance, that are of great value for the fabrication of performant hard magnets. 

Metallic glasses are a class of materials that exhibit surprising properties, both mechanical and physical: outstanding elasticity, and magnetic properties, for instance. Although other routes are possible, they are also suitable to be shaped by PM and show great potential of application, probably limited now only by the insufficient awareness of designers and by a still somewhat higher cost. 

PM can also obtain other special materials (and shapes) for challenging environments like in nuclear plants or high temperature/corrosion processes, for instance oxidation resistant alloys, radiation shields, etc. This might be including ceramics, but metallic materials like superalloys (for high temperature applications especially) and other specific materials can be good examples. 


The 2022 Functional Materials Seminar will be devoted to these three families of materials and applications: the title will be in fact “PM magnets, bulk metallic glasses, and extreme application materials”. Supported by CEIT, one of the main Spanish research centres, the seminar will run on 22-23 February 2022 in San Sebastián. Located in the Basque Country, the city will be a perfect venue for the first in-person event for Functional Materials after many months of virtual interactions! Please note that Covid-compliance rules will be applied if the sanitary authorities will require them at the dates of the event. Nevertheless, participation from remote will be possible, although not optimal for the full experience. 


Find all the details about this event, including a provisional programme with the speakers and tiles of the presentations, access information (with present Covid rules) and advice on accommodation, in the relevant seminar page on this website. Remember that the registration deadline will be on 8 February 2022! Go to reserve a place for you now. 

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