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The Jožef Stefan Institute (Ljubljana, Sloviena) conducts a broad spectrum of basic and applied research in the fields of natural sciences and technology. The staff of around 1,000 is specialised in research in physics, chemistry and biochemistry, electronics and information science, nuclear technology, energy utilization and environmental science.
At IJS, the
Department for Nanostructured Materials (K7) conducts applied research in ceramic materials, intermetallic alloys and minerals. The department makes important contributions in the most advanced fields of science and technology, offers research support to partners from industry and is involved in two Centers of Excellence and in the European Research Programme. Within the REProMag project, IJS/K7 contributes to magnet processing, new technologies, magnetic measurements and materials characterization.

We spoke with Spomenka Kobe, Head of Department for nanostructured materials at the Jožef Stefan Institute:

How did you come to hear about the project REProMag? What convinced you to get involved?

It was the invitation from the coordinator Prof. Carlo Burkhardt whom I respect very much and I was very happy to accept the invitation.

Which advantages are there for your organisation in REProMag?

The advantage for the Department of nanostructured materials, Institute Jožef Stefan, is to work together with the leading partners in the emerging field of recycling, circular economy, and first of all to continue the long-lasting tradition in research and development work on permanent magnets based on Nd-Fe-B.

Is REProMag your first H2020 project? Your feedback on the project: Are you satisfied with it, would you do something differently if you could start again at day one?

In our department, we were involved in 4 European projects (FP7) on permanent magnets based on Nd-Fe-B and also the possibilities to replace them with other magnetic materials, for the two of those projects we were the coordinators (ROMEO, MAG-DRIVE). In H2020 REProMag was the first one, and AMPHIBIAN followed.
We are very much satisfied with the REProMag project; it has a top coordinator and excellent consortium. What I like very much is also the quality of the promotion (dissemination) of the outcome of the project.

Prof. Dr. Spomenka Kobe is Scientific Advisor, Head of the Department for Nanostructured Materials and Professor at the International Postgraduate School “Jožef Stefan”. She initiated rare-earth magnet research activities in Slovenia and was the coordinator of the European project “Replacement and Original Magnet Engineering Option” ROMEO (FP7-NMP).

Benjamin Podmiljsak has Ph.D. in Materials Science from 2010 and spent one year at the IFW in Dresden where he did his Post Doc on the thematic of magnetocaloric materials. He is working at IJS since 2004, with his main fields being hard magnetic materials, magnetocalorics, metal alloying and characterization.