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Laura Lewis, PhD
Laura Lewis, Ph.D.

Don Heiman, Ph.D.
Don Heiman, Ph.D.


Welcome to the Northeastern University Nanomagnetism Group. We are an interdisciplinary research group led by Laura H. Lewis (Chemical Engineering Department) and Don Heiman (Physics Department). Our group of undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers work on a variety of research projects that aim to gain understanding of magnetism to learn about novel properties in magnetic and electronic nanomaterials and engineer their properties towards defined goals.


News & Events:
  • The Nanomagnetism Group would like to congratulate Ana Maria Montes-Arango¬†for completion of her dissertation defense and graduation.
  • A new paper authored by Brian Lejeune entitled "Developing magnetofunctionality: Coupled structural and magnetic phase transition in AlFe2B2" has been accepted to Journal of Alloys and Compounds.
  • Congratulations to Ana Maria Montes-Arango for being awarded Northeastern University's 2016 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Office of the Provost.
  • A new paper authored by Dr. Nina Bordeux and Ana Montes Arango entitled "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Parameters of the Chemical Order-Disorder Transformation in L10 FeNi (Tetrataenite)" has been accepted to Acta Materialia.
  • A new paper authored by Dr. Luke G. Marshall and Ian J. McDonald entitled "Quantification of the strain-induced promotion of tau-MnAl via cryogenic milling" has been accepted to Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
  • A. M. Montes-Arango will be presenting a talk entitled "Effect of Ni and Cu Ternary Additions on the Magnetic and Structural Character of FePd" at the upcoming MMM/Intermag Conference, to be held Jan 11-15/2016 at San Diego, CA.
  • Ana María Montes Arango was accepted to the Seventeenth National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering, to be held June 13-27/2015 at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Mahboobeh Rezaeeyazdi and Brian LeJeune have been accepted to attend the 8th Annual IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School in Minneapolis
  • Mahboobeh Rezaeeyazdi has received the "Silver Poster" award at the 8th Annual IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School.
  • The Nanomagnetism Group would like to congratulate Dr. Nina Bordeaux and Dr. Michelle Jamer for completion of their dissertation defense and graduation.
  • Congratulations fo Michelle Jamer for her GMAG Dissertation Award and invited talk at the 2015 APS March Meeting: "Zero-moment Half-Metallic Ferrimagnetic Semiconductors”. See details here.
  • Michelle Jamer (Ph.D. Candidate – Physics Department) has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award from the The International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD).
  • Laura Lewis is jointly appointed in both Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University.
  • Nina Bordeaux (Ph.D. Candidate – Chemical Engineering Department) wins the 2015 Dissertation Completion Award from the Northeastern University Office of the Provost.
  • Michelle Jamer (Ph.D. Candidate – Physics Department) is nominated for a Best Student Presentation Award at the 59th Annual Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • See the winning image of magnetic domains in tetrataenite (L10 FeNi) captured by Nina Bordeaux (Ph.D. Candidate – Chemical Engineering Department). The image was selected for Keysight Technologies Calendar December 2015 page.
  • Laura Lewis is appointed by the NATO Science and Technology Organization to the Technical Team of AVT-231 on "Scarcity of Rare Earth Materials for Electrical Power Systems"
  • Nina Bordeaux (Ph.D. Candidate – Chemical Engineering Department) wins the 2014 Best Seminar Presentation Award from the Northeastern University Chemical Engineering Department.
  • Michelle Jamer and Brian LeJeune will be presenting talks entitled "Synthesizing Zero-Moment Half-Metallic Ferrimagnetic Semiconductors" (YY8.07) and "Understanding Structure-Magnetic Property Correlations in AlFe2B2 for Magnetocaloric Applications" (YY8.02), respectively, at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, Ma.
  • The Nanomagnetism Group would like to invite all interested parties to join us for a special seminar featuring Dr. D. Niarchos from the NCSR Demokritos in Athens, Greece who will be speaking about his approach to Rare Earth free permanent magnets. The announcement can be viewed here.
  • Badih Assaf has successfully defended his Ph.D Dissertation " Magnetotransport in Thin Films and Heterostructures of Topological Matter " on April 7th, 2014.
  • Nanomagnetism Group research is featured in the Boston Globe newspaper (May 19, 2014). Read the article here.
  • Prof. Lewis will be delivering a presentation for the NATO Science and Technology Organization Specialists’ Meeting on Scarcity of Rare Earth Materials for Electrical Power Systems organised by the Applied Vehicle Technology Panel to be held in Brussels, Belgium 13-15 October 2014
  • Ana María Montes-Arango successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation proposal "Understanding phase transformations in ferrous magnetic compounds with the L10 structure", advancing to Ph.D. candidacy in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.
  • Congratulations to Prof. Lewis for receiving Northeastern University's 2014 Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Award for her work on identifying and harnessing alternative energy from natural sources.
  • Pegah Hosseinpous has received the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2014).
  • Pegah Hosseinpour has successfully defended her Ph.D Dissertation "Structure - Magnetic Property Correlations in TiO2 Nanotube Arrays" on March 14th, 2014.
  • Radhika Barua has successfully defended her Ph.D Dissertation “Pathways for tailoring the magnetostructural response of FeRh-based compounds” on February 36th, 2014.
  • Radhika Barua was awarded the 2014 Ph. D Dissertation Award in Magnetism at the American Physical Society Meeting held in Denver, Colorado where she also delivered an invited talk. The presentation for the talk is available here.
  • RNW Boston Regional Nanomagnetism Workshop, April 4, 2014. More
  • The Nanomagnetism Group would like to congratulate Dr. Melissa Loving on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis “Understanding the Magnetostructural Transition in FeRh Thin Films
  • Melissa Loving was granted the 2013 Best Poster Award at the 58th Annual Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Denver, CO (Nov. 4-8, 2013)
  • Radhika Barua was awarded a Student Travel Grant Award to attend the 58th Annual Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference in Denver, IEEE Magnetics Society (2013)
  • Jing Liu (post-doc) and Pegah M. Hosseinpour (PhD candidate) were given the Best Poster Award at the Joint National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) and Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Users' Meeting, Upton, NY, May2013. This was for their poster “Structure – Morphology – Response in TiO2 Nanotube Arrays".
  • Melissa Loving also received the 2013 College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, Northeastern University.
  • Radhika Barua also received a Ph.D. Dissertation Research Award, American Physical Society (Topical Group on Magnetism (GMAG)), 2013-2014
  • Melissa Loving was awarded a IEEE Magnetics Society student travel grant for the 2013 Intermag/MMM joint conference, Chicago, Illinois (Jan. 14-18, 2013)
  • Congratulations to Josh Marion for successfully defending his M.S. thesis in March 2013.
  • The Nanomagnetism Group would like to offer its condolences to the friends and family of the late Dr. Robert C. O’Handley. Bob was a pioneer in magnetic materials and a mentor to Prof. Laura Lewis. We are thankful to Bob for his many years of outstanding service to the scientific community.
  • Laura H. Lewis, “New Materials and Novel Anisotropies for Rare-Earth-Free Permanent Magnets”, TMS 2013, 142nd Annual TMS Meeting and Exhibition, March 3-7, 2013, San Antonio, Texas
  • Laura H. Lewis, invited speaker at Royal Society International Scientific Seminar on "Magneto-elastic coupling in functional materials"; Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire, UK, February 2013
  • Please join me in congratulating Nina Bordeaux on her "Best Poster" prize at the the 12th Joint MMM-Intermag Conference January 14-18, 2013, Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was the presenter and lead author on a poster titled, “Anisotropy Investigations in L1_0 -Structured FeNi (Tetrataenite)" (collaborative institutions: Northeastern University, UMass-Amherst, General Motors R&D). more
  • Laura H. Lewis, “Probing New Materials & Novel Anisotropies for Rare-Earth-Free Permanent Magnets”, 2012 Advanced Light Source (ALS) User Meeting Workshop: Advanced Characterization of Critical Magnetic Materials; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA Oct. 10, 2012.
  • Laura H. Lewis, “Introduction to Magnetism” – 2012 IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School, July 22-27, SRM University, Chennai, India.
  • Laura H. Lewis, “Developing Advanced Permanent Magnets without Rare Earths”, 2012 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC), Detroit, MI, June 18, 2012.
  • Pegah Hosseinpour’s research on the incorporation of iron into titanium nanotubes was featured in the Northeastern University research blog and on the American Physical Society webpage.
  • Prof. Dr. Sc. Nguyen Hoang Luong, Vice Rector, Hanoi University of Science, is visiting the Nanomagnetism Research Group in May 2012. Prof. Luong is interested in education in nanotechnology, particularly nanomagnetism and nanomedicine.
  • Congratulations to Nina Bordeaux for successfully defending her Ph.D. proposal in April 2012.
  • While Rare-Earth Trade Dispute Heats Up, Scientists Seek Alternatives” . Dr. Laura Lewis was quoted in a National Geographic article on the development of Rare-Earth-Free Permanent Magnets funded by the Department of Energy ARPA-E program.
  • Dr. Lewis has been awarded a Department of Energy ARPA-E Grant to work on 'Multiscale Development of L10 Materials for Rare-Earth-Free Permanent Magnets'. This Rare-Earth-Free Permanent Magnets work will be done in conjuction with researchers from Columbia University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, General Motors, and Arnold Magnetics Technologies Corporation.
  • Magnetic Breakthrough May Have Significant Pull” - Don Heiman’s group has designed a super strong magnet without using rare-earth elements.
  • Read the article"Magnet magnates" featuring Dr. Laura Lewis in Engineering@Northeastern. [pdf]
  • Congratulations to Melissa Loving and Pegah Hosseinpour for successfully defending their Ph.D. proposals in November 2011.
  • L. H. Lewis, “New Directions in Permanent Magnets: Developing Magnetic Anisotropy without Rare Earths”, EU-Japan-US Workshop on Critical Materials R&D, sponsored by Office of Policy and International Affairs, Department of Energy, European Commission and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Washington DC, 4-5 October 2011
  • Congratulations to Dr. Laura H. Lewis for attaining IEEE senior member status!
  • Tom Dusseault has been awarded the Northeastern Provost Undergraduate Research Grant for his research in magnetostructural transitions in FeRh thin films. In 2010, Tom also received the award for his work on rare-earth-free advanced permanent magnets. Congratulations to Tom!
  • Nathan Mahlmeister winner of the Presidential Global Scholarship
  • Congratulations to Pegah Hosseinpour and Melissa Loving for selection to attend the 2011 IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School (May 22 - 28, 2011) to be held at the University of New Orleans. See for details.
  • Laura H. Lewis presented an invited talk in Symposium E: Energy Harvesting--From Fundamentals to Devices (April 26 - 28) at the 2011 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, CA. The talk title was, "Thermal Energy Harvesting with a Hybrid Magnetostructural Materials System"
  • Melissa Loving has been accepted at the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering: June 11 - June 25, 2011 at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • Congratulations to Brian Plouffe for his outstanding student research award at the 2011 Northeastern University Research and Scholarship Expo in the Engineering and Technology Division for his poster, "Isolation of Rare-Cell Populations via a Rationally Designed Microfluidic Magnetophoresis Device"
  • U.S. Provisional Patent Application 61/439,170 filed February 3, 2011 - S.K. Murthy, L.H. Lewis, and B.D. Plouffe. "Methods and Compositions for Magnetophoretic Separation of Cells," U.S. Provisional Patent Application 61/439,170 filed February 3, 2011. Assignee: Northeastern University.

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