Magnetic Materials

Magnetic materials are used in data storage, sensors, transformers, and generators. For thousands of years, people have been finding new uses for these materials.


Iwnetim Abate

Assistant Professor; Chipman Career Development Chair in Materials Science and Engineering

Computational Materials Science; Electrochemistry; Energy Storage; Magnetic Materials; Materials Chemistry; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

Polina Anikeeva

Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Professor in Brain and Cognitive Sciences; McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics

Bio; Biomaterials; Biophysics; Biotechnology; Electronic Materials; Magnetic Materials; Materials Chemistry; Implants; Nanotechnology; Photonic Materials

Geoffrey S.D. Beach

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Co-director, Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) at MIT

Ceramics; Condensed Matter Physics; Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Magnetic Materials; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Transport Phenomena

Caroline A. Ross

Associate Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Toyota Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Electronic Materials; Magnetic Materials; Nanotechnology; Polymers; Self Assembly; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films


A new way to control magnets

Reversible system can flip the magnetic orientation of particles with a small voltage; could lead to faster data storage and smaller sensors.  

A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes…  

Controllable Spintronics

A new approach to controlling magnetism in a microchip could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power than existing versions. The approach could also overcome some of the inherent physical limitations that have been slowing progress in this…  

Ferrimagnets speed up racetrack memories

Spintronics devices, which exploit the spin of an electron as well as its charge, could be ideal for use in high-density data storage devices and for next generation information processing. One promising technology involves using magnetic solitons, such as nanoscale domain walls and magnetic…