Upscaling and Optimization of Magnet to Magnet Recycling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-17-C-0042
Agency Tracking Number: L2-0108
Amount: $934,461.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA161-003
Solicitation Number: 2016.1
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-05-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-05-30
Small Business Information
8201 E. Riverside Dr.,, Austin, TX, 78744
DUNS: 080149951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Miha Zakonik
 Chief Operations/Technical Officer
 (302) 345-2950
Business Contact
 Mr Peter Afiuny
Phone: (714) 552-5454
Research Institution
Neodymium-iron-boron rare-earth based magnets are key components of mobile phones, electric vehicles, wind-turbines and many critical US defense systems. Despite their importance, the US is completely reliant on imports from China for their supply. Future supply risk renders this situation untenable, yet re-establishing the supply chain for these magnets in the US could take two decades. Urban Mining Company offer a solution; the Magnet to Magnet recycling system takes waste magnets from end-of-life appliances, reduces them to powder, and then reforms them into new magnets with better magnet properties than starting materials. This process could alleviate supply risk in the US by largely operating outside of the conventional magnet supply chain. In the proposed study, the Magnet to Magnet recycling system will be modified to work with as many different grades and compositions of scrap magnets as possible, to make the process more robust. The second phase of the proposed study then turns to making recycled magnets from ultrafine magnetic powders; these magnets are predicted have exceptional magnetic properties that will be of great utility in defense and commercial applications where weight is a critical factor.

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