Magnets for Use in Renewable Power


VCU is developing a new magnet for use in renewable power generators and EV motors that requires no rare earth minerals. Rare earths are difficult and expensive to process, but they make electric motors and generators smaller, lighter, and more efficient. VCU would replace the rare earth minerals in EV motor magnets with a low-cost and abundant carbon-based compound that resembles a fine black powder. This new magnet could demonstrate the same level of performance as the best commercial magnets available today at a significantly lower cost. The ultimate goal of this project is to demonstrate this new magnet in a prototype electric motor.



Nanomagnetic Computing


2-state and 4-state nanomagnetic computing is made by electron beam lithography in the NCC and characterized with atomic and magnetic force microscopy in the NCC


Elliptical nanomagnets acting 2-state memory (right).  Images courtesy  N. D’Souza, Ph.D. former PhD student in J. Atulasimha, Ph.D.’s  group, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, VCU.

Key People:

Everett Carpenter, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of NCC



Phone: (804) 828-7508

Shiv Khanna, Ph.D.
Commonwealth Professor



Phone: (804) 828-1820

Key People:

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D.

Commonwealth Professor



Phone: (804) 827-6275

Jayasimha Atulasimha, Ph.D.

Qimonda Associate Professor



Phone: (804) 827-7037

Nanomaterials Core Characterization Facility

620 West Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23284

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