6th Ruhr Symposium on Functional Magnetic Materials

"Technological Sovereignty in a Future Field"


Around 120 representatives from industry and science met on 9 October for the 6th RUHR Symposium at the Fraunhofer inHaus Centre on the UDE Duisburg campus. Functional magnetic materials were the focus of the event, at which State Secretary Oliver Wittke promoted the electric car completely "made in Germany".

Germany's "technological sovereignty in a future field" was the demand of the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in his keynote speech, which opened the event. He himself spoke of an "ambitious goal". "But", Wittke continued, "we do not shy away from competition".

Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to e-mobility, especially when it comes to China. Nevertheless, the participants agreed that future technologies should be sustainable - both in terms of materials and in terms of working conditions, logistics and disposal. Efficient cooling plays a decisive role here, as two of the 15 speakers, Prof. Karl Sandemann from the City University of New York and Dr. Lucas Griffith from the Department of Energy at Iowa State University (both USA), made clear in their presentations.

'Magnetism' is a far-reaching field of research. It ranges from modern cooling techniques using magnetocaloric materials, whose temperature can be changed by applying a magnetic field, to efforts in materials science to replace rare earths with classical metal compounds.

The Ruhr-Symposium is a joint event of the Center for Nanointegration (CENIDE) and the Center Automotive Research (CAR) of the University of Duisburg-Essen. At the 7th edition in autumn 2020 everything will revolve around 'catalysis'.


Further information:
Steffi Nickol, Tel. 0203 37 9-8177, steffi.nickol@uni-due.de

Editor: Birte Vierjahn, Tel. 0203 37 9-8176, birte.vierjahn@uni-due.de