Project factsheet

Project factsheet

Click thumbnail to download a PDF

MAGMA (Magnetic Materials and Applications) – Please note this project has now closed.

Project description

This project aims to establish a world-class research capability in Cardiff University with recognised expertise in the processing, characterisation, manufacturing and recycling of specialist magnetic materials. Wales has a strong base in magnetic materials supply chains and applications, demonstrating clear ‘Smart Specialisation’ and industrial pull in this area. Current research capability in Cardiff encompasses material processing, manufacture and characterisation, with limited facilities for testing motors and large machines. MAGMA will add new complementary research capacity and refurbish laboratories, including new dynamometer systems for testing modern electric vehicle motors, and computers, software and expertise for magnetic modelling, simulation and design.

Delivery model

The Operation will direct deliver activities in the East Wales programme region by:

  1. adding four new members of research staff (2 academic; 2 seconded industry researchers) and a laboratory development manager to the research group,
  2. refurbishing and expanding research facilities used by the group, leveraging additional investment from industry partners in the process.

This will reinvigorate the research environment at Cardiff, building greater capacity to competitively access UK, European and International funds, and deliver industrially relevant research outcomes.

Geographical coverage

The project will benefit the whole of the East Wales programme area.

Specific targets

  • Amount of Research Funding Secured  – £3.6m
  • No. partners cooperating in a research project – 30
  • No. improved research infrastructure facilities – 1 (incorporating 4 separate labs)
  • No. new researchers working in supported entities – 12
  • No. researchers working in improved research infrastructure facilities – 14

Contact details

Name: Kevin Jones
Telephone: 02920 879292
Address: School of Engineering, Cardiff University, Queen’s Buildings, 14-17 The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA


Progress to end Aug 2019

Lab development manager has been appointed and has commenced in their role. Lecturer posts have been advertised with interviews to take place as soon as possible. Project manager has been appointed to start in October.