Oliver Gutfleisch is a full Professor (W3) for Functional Materials at TU Darmstadt and a scientific director at Fraunhofer IWKS Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies. He studied Material Science at TU Berlin, did his PhD in Birmingham, UK, and was a group leader at Leibniz Institute IFW Dresden. 2012 he joined TU Darmstadt. His scientific interests span from new permanent magnets for power applications to solid state energy efficient magnetic cooling, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, and to solid state hydrogen storage materials with a particular emphasis on tailoring structural and chemical properties on the nanoscale. Materials are synthesized by advanced processing incl. non-equilibrium, field-assisted, severe plastic deformation and additive manufacturing methods. Resource efficiency on element, process and product levels as well as recycling of rare earth containing materials are also in the focus of his work.
Oliver Gutfleisch has published more than 440 papers in refereed journals, and has given more than 230 invited talks. In 2011 he was an IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer on the topic of Magnet Materials for Energy. He is on the Intl. Advisory Committees of JEMS, of the Int. Workshop on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and their Applications and of the Magnetic Refrigeration Intl. Working Party. He served on the IEEE Magnetics Society AdCom (2011-2013). He was EU ERAMIN (Network on the Industrial Handling of Raw Materials for European Industries) advisor on substitution, a member of the EU ERECON (European Rare Earths Competency Network) and is on the REIA (Rare Earth Industry Association) Technical Committee and chairs the DGM Expert Committee Functional Materials. He coordinated the State of Hesse LOEWE Excellence Program Response from 2014-2017. He did hold visiting fellowships and Professorships at CNRS Grenoble, NIMS Tsukuba, Imperial College London, Chinese Academy of Science NIMTE Institute in Ningbo and University of Parma. In April 2017 he was awarded an EU ERC Advanced Grant (Cool Innov) and in September 2018 he received the Prize of the German Materials Society (DGM Prize 2018). He is the speaker of the DFG Cooperate Research Center 270 Hommage Hysteresis Design of Magnetic Materials for Efficient Energy Conversion. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2020 and is running the external Max-Planck Research Group De Magnete at MPI for Iron Research Düsseldorf since October 2020.