Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch

External Group Leader
De magnete - Designing Magnetism on the atomic scale
Department Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design
+49 6151 16 221 40

Main Focus

Fields of research

New permanent magnets for power applications to solid-state energy efficient magnetic cooling, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, solid-state hydrogen storage materials with a particular emphasis on tailoring structural and chemical properties on the nanoscale and their multi-scale characterisation and modelling. Materials are synthesised by advanced processing incl. non-equilibrium, field-assisted, severe plastic deformation and additive manufacturing methods. The criticality of strategic metals for the energy transformation and the resource efficiency on element, process and product levels as well as their recycling.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional career

since 2012            W3 Professor Functional Materials, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

since 2012            Scientific Manager of Fraunhofer IWKS Division Functional Materials in Hanau, Germany

2008                     Privatdozent, TU Dresden “Materials for Energy Applications”, Germany

2001 – 2011          Group leader “Functional Magnetic Materials and Hydrides“, IFW Dresden, Germany

1998 – 2001          Research fellow, IFW Dresden, Germany

1995 – 1998          Post-doctoral fellow, University of Birmingham, UK

Advanced academic qualifications

2007                    Habilitation, Technical University of Dresden, “Functional Materials”, Germany

1992 – 1995          PhD, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK

University degree and training

1984 – 1991          Diploma in Material Science, Technical University of Berlin, Germany


Awards, Recognition and Experience

2020-2023             Speaker of the DFG Cooperate Research Center 270 Hommage

2020                     Elevated to IEEE Fellow

2018                     Prize of the German Materials Society (DGM Prize 2018)

2018                     BMWi EXIST Magnotherm Solutions, (spin-off out of the Functional Materials Group)

2018                     Chair of the International Conference on Caloric Cooling (Thermag VIII), Darmstadt, 09/2018

2017                     ERC Advanced Grant “Cool Innov”, April 2017

2017 – 2020          Visiting Professor University of Parma, Italy

2014 - 2017          Coordinator RESPONSE Project within LOEWE Excellence Programme

2016                    Chair of the International Workshop on Rare Earth and Future Permanent Magnets and their Applications

                           REPM 2016, Darmstadt, August 2016

2014 - 2016          Member of the Academic Council of the Technical University of Darmstadt

2011 – 2014         Visiting Professor Chinese Academy of Science, NIMTE Ningbo, China

2011 – 2013         Visiting Professor Imperial College London, UK

2011                    IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer “Magnetic Materials in Sustainable Energy”


1993 – 1995         EU Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship

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