Niron is developing innovative advanced magnetic materials for high performance, low cost permanent magnets.
Permanent magnets play a vital, hidden role in modern technologies. Common devices that we use daily, such as computers, appliances, and automobiles are powered by permanent-magnet motors that convert electricity to motion. In the production of electricity, permanent magnets are found at the heart of generators.
Despite their ubiquity, however, magnets themselves have not kept pace with demands of higher performance, lighter weight machines. In fact, it has been more than 30 years since the last new magnetic material (NdFeB) became commercially available. As hybrid and electric vehicles fill the streets, and wind power generation continues to be one of the fastest growing means of producing electricity, the demand for increased efficiency needs to be met with innovative new magnetic materials.
Niron Magnetics is developing the world’s first advanced manufacturing process for the mass production of permanent magnets powered by our breakthrough material formulation. Niron’s proprietary Iron nitride magnets possess inherently higher magnetization and can be produced at a lower cost compared to today’s rare-earth magnets, and will enable a revolution in the design of new electric motors and generators.
Niron was founded in 2014 as a spinout of University of Minnesota and is based on technology that has received the support of ARPA-E, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences.
Iron Nitride (Fe16N2)
Jiang-Ping Wang, PhD
Cofounder and CSO
John Larson, PhD
Frank Johnson, PhD
Yiming Wu, PhD
Director of R&D
Xiaowei Zhang, PhD
Fan Zhang, PhD
Senior Development Engineer
Process Development Engineer
Krina Damien, PhD
Equipment and Facilities Manager
Senior Laboratory Technician
Technical Advisory Board
Director III (Division of Materials Science & Engineering) at Ames Lab, Department of Energy
Research Professor (Metallurgical and Materials Engineering) at Colorado School of Mines. Founder and President of Figure 8 LLC
Professor at UC San Diego. Director, Center for Magnetic Recording Research. National Academy of Engineering
Emmanuel De Moor
Assistant Professor (Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering) at Colorado School of Mines
Former VP at Arnold Magnetics, responsible for corporate new product development
Technical consultant to the magnetics industry. Former Director of Magnetics Business at Molycorp
Business consultant to more than 100 clients who are actively engaged in the magnet industry
Published Whitepapers on Fe16N2