Niron Magnetics' Iron Nitride: The new magnet on the block @ CES 2024 - Show Notes

Niron Magnetics' Iron Nitride: The new magnet on the block @ CES 2024

Monday Apr 15, 2024 (00:08:52)


Niron Magnetics, a leading company in the field of magnetic materials, has developed a groundbreaking new magnetic material that is set to revolutionize the tech industry. This new material, made from iron and nitrogen derived from iron oxide and ammonia, called iron nitride is the first new magnetic material introduced in half a century.

Niron Magnetics: Rare Earth Alternative

Niron Magnetics was born out of a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the U.S. government in response to the 2010 rare earth materials price spike. Recognizing the need for domestically producible magnetic materials for national security purposes, a grant program was awarded to a professor at the university, leading to the development of the iron nitride magnet technology. Over the past few years, the technology has evolved from theoretical projections to tangible, measurable results, with magnets that can now be used in various devices and applications.

Traditionally, magnets used in technology, such as electric motors, generators, speakers, and electric vehicles, are made from rare-earth materials. These materials are critical for the functioning of various devices and machinery, but their scarcity poses a significant challenge for industries that rely on them. The development of the iron nitride magnet by Niron Magnetics offers a viable alternative that can be produced from readily available raw materials, eliminating the supply chain issues associated with rare-earth materials.

New magnetic material revolutionizes industry

The production process of the iron nitride magnet involves controlling the size and distribution of the iron oxide particles and reacting them with ammonia to produce a highly magnetic material. The resulting magnet is black, shiny, metallic, and adheres to other metals, making it easily recognizable and usable in various applications.

The development of the iron nitride magnet represents a significant breakthrough in the field of magnetic materials. By eliminating the need for rare earth materials, which are often sourced from environmentally damaging mining operations, Niron Magnetics is offering a cleaner and more sustainable alternative. This innovation has the potential to reduce reliance on finite resources and minimize the environmental impact of magnetic material production.

Bridging the gap for technology

The company's focus on collaboration and innovation has been key to the success of the iron nitride magnet technology. By bringing together magnetic physicists and metallurgists, Niron Magnetics has been able to bridge the gap between theory and practical application, leading to the creation of a powerful and versatile magnet. With the final handoff to manufacturers and end-users on the horizon, the company is poised to revolutionize the magnetic materials industry.

The iron nitride magnet has been met with an overwhelmingly positive response, with industry professionals excited about the potential for innovation and cost savings it offers. One of the key advantages of the iron nitride magnet is its cost-effectiveness compared to traditional rare-earth magnets. By using commodity raw materials that are easily sourced, Niron Magnetics can avoid the scarcity and price volatility issues that come with rare-earth materials, making the new magnet a more sustainable and affordable option for industries looking to improve their supply chains and reduce costs.

Conclusion: A new magnet to save money and resources

As Niron Magnetics prepares to bring the iron nitride magnet to market, the company is positioning itself as a leader in the field of magnetic materials. The new material has the potential to disrupt the industry and unlock new innovations, impacting various sectors, including technology, renewable energy, and manufacturing. Niron Magnetics' innovative approach to magnet production could transform the way magnets are manufactured and used, paving the way for a more sustainable and efficient future.

In conclusion, Niron Magnetics' iron nitride magnet technology represents a groundbreaking innovation in the field of magnetic materials. With the potential to disrupt the industry and unlock new possibilities for technology and manufacturing, the company is positioning itself as a leader in the transition towards more sustainable and efficient magnetic materials. As the company prepares to bring its technology to market, the future looks bright for Niron Magnetics and the potential impact of its rare earth alternative.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.

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Scott Ertz

Episode Author

Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Todd Cochrane

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Todd is the CEO of RawVoice / Blubrry - a podcast media company that represents 105,000 Audio and Video podcasters in which his company provides advertising opportunities, media distribution/hosting, podcast media statistics and other services. He is a podcast advertising specialist. Executing podcast advertising deals with a variety of national vendors for the past 13 years. Todd was responsible for bringing GoDaddy into the Podcast Advertising Space as one of the first podcast advertisers in 2005.


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