Permanent magnets are used more and more in microtechnical products, especially for data storage, in energy and sensor technology as well as for transport and separating processes (e.g. in microfluidics). This large market
is mostly served by rare earth magnets or by ferrite-based materials. The limited availability of the rare earth metals has increased the demand for alternative, rare earth-free magnetic materials. In addition, the increasing
demands on the micromagnetic sensors and measuring systems in terms of lower space requirements, higher accuracy and measuring sensitivity as well as areas of application in industrial environments require not only
integrated manufacturing processes, but also increased requirements on the materials themselves.
This is the subject of the interdisciplinary project of three research groups at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern.