THERMO-SPINProject reference: 627854
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Thermoelectric power generation from anomalous Nernst effect based on rare earth free hard magnetic materials
Total cost:EUR 254 637,8
EU contribution:EUR 254 637,8
Topic(s):FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF - Marie-Curie Action: "Intra-European fellowships for career development"
Call for proposal:FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEFSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)
This project offers to explore a physical effect, the so called anomalous Nernst effect (ANE), for
thermoelectric power generation. The research plan involves prototyping a simple, laminar thin film
structure to exploit thermal electricity from waste heat. These cheap, easily available thermoelectric devices
could play an important part in meeting Europe 2020 targets to increase energy efficiency by 20% as set out
by the European Commission.
The proposal aims to describe the quantum-mechanical effects responsible for the ANE through a
selected range of simple metals and alloys. The plan involves the preparation and characterization of 6-8
simple as well as 2-3 highly unusual magnetic structures in thin film form. The primary training objective of
the candidate is to absorb new skills involved in the thin film fabrication. This non-equilibrium preparation
technique also gives an occasion to better understand the origin of hard magnetic properties of these rare
earth free, transition metal based compositions. These efforts also meet EU directives to develop sustainable
magnetic materials without, or with reduced use of, critical raw materials.
In order to maximize the thermoelectric response of the simple laminar thin film architecture, a
multi-scale simulation approach will be adopted. The macroscopic approach to prototype design will engage
micromagnetic simulations based on finite element method, whilst state-of-the-art density functional theory
(DFT) based on spin dynamics will be applied to describe the fundamental physical interactions responsible
for ANE at the atomic level. To learn this powerful theoretical tool (spin dynamics) is also a training
objective that builds on the candidate's existing computational skill using DFT.
The proposal addresses the important issues of energy efficiency and sustainable magnetic materials
using a multidisciplinary approach assembled to meet requirements at all levels.
EU contribution: EUR 254 637,8
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