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IEEE Magnetics Society’s 2015 Achievement Award Recipient: Professor Takao Suzuki

IEEE Achievement Award 4 (May 13 2015)

Each year the IEEE Magnetics Society honours one of its outstanding members for his or her lifetime professional achievement. This is the highest award of the Society and is given for scientific achievements, technical achievements and service to the Society. The award is presented at the INTERMAG conference each year, and consists of a diploma with citation and a cash prize.

Professor Takao Suzuki receives the 2015 Achievement Award for “contributions to the micromagnetics of materials with high magnetocrystalline anisotropy and their applications in magnetic recording media. “

Professor Suzuki received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Physics from Waseda University, Japan in 1962 and 1964, respectively, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1969. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart, Germany from 1969 through 1972, and then served as an assistant professor and associate professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan from 1972 through 1988. From 1988 through 1995, he worked as a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. In 1995, Dr. Suzuki joined Toyota Technological Institute in Nagoya, Japan where he was Vice President and a principal professor until 2010. Professor Suzuki currently holds the position of Endowed Chair, Director for Center for Materials for Information Technology (MINT Center), and Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.A. He also is the Director for the International Consortium for “Rare-earth free permanent magnets sustainable for the next generation” sponsored by the G8 national councils.

In his early career (the 1960s through the 1980s), Prof. Suzuki worked on magnetization distributions including domain walls, ripple structures and vortex in thin films mainly by Lorentz electron microscopy. From the 1970s through the 1990s, he worked on rare earths-transition metal amorphous thin films for magneto-optical recording media applications. From the 1980s through the present, he has been working on high magnetic anisotropy materials of various types. He was the first to experimentally show the strong correlation of the magnetic anisotropy of the ordered phase L1o (Fe-Co-Ni)Pt alloy thin films with the number of valence electrons. In the early 2000s, he and his group for the first time experimentally realized the Fe3Pt alloy thin films that exhibit a very high magnetic anisotropy of the order of 107erg/cc at room temperature. He was one of the IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturers in 2007 on the topics of “High Magnetic Anisotropy Materials.” Most recently, he is working on rare-earth free high magnetic anisotropy materials.

Professor Suzuki has received awards including the Society Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan (2010), IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer (2007), and the Technical Achievement Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan (1999).

Professor Suzuki was the president of the IEEE Magnetics Society with the term of 2011-12, and IEEE Fellow. He is Professor Emeritus of Toyota Technological Institute and has published more than 300 scientific papers in peer review journals, four books, and holds 17 patents licensed in the U.S.A., Japan, and other countries.

Professor Suzuki joins a distinguished list of past recipients: Fred Luborsky (1981), Herb Storm (1982), Harold Lord (1984), Joe Suozzi (1985), Fritz Friedlaender (1986), Andrew Bobeck (1987), Floyd Humphrey (1988), Paul Biringer (1989), Daniel Gordon (1990), Emerson Pugh (1991), Yoshifumi Sakurai (1992), William Doyle (1993), Richard Barker (1994), Mark Kryder (1995), Koosuke Harada (1996), Gordon Slemon (1997), Stan Charap (1998), Dave Thompson (1999), Denis Mee (2000), Fred Hagedorn (2001), Sun-ichi Iwasaki (2002), Carl Patton (2003), Yutaka Sugita (2004), Robert Fontana (2005), Neal Bertram (2006), John C. Mallinson (2007), Jack H. Judy (2008), Roger Wood (2009), Isaak Mayergoyz (2010), Jian- Gang (Jimmy) Zhu (2011), John Slonczewski (2012), Michael Mallary (2013) and Randy Victora (2014).

MINT Open House for participants of the annual High School Physics contest

More than 300 High School students came to the University of Alabama on January 25th to compete in the 37th annual High School Physics Contest (see:  As part of the program offered to participating students and their teachers the MINT center hosted an hour long open house.  During the open house the students and teachers took part in hands on demonstrations of some of the fundamental principles of magnetism that are at the heart of much of the research done in the MINT center. The students also were given a tour of the Bevill building and got to see some of the state of the art laboratories.


UA Leads Effort to Develop Alternative Material for Green-Energy

Dr. Takao Suzuki, director of UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology, or MINT, is leading a collaborative, international effort to find an alternative source material necessary to sustain the growing electric-energy movement.

This is an approximate $1.6 million effort by a consortium that includes 13 other UA researchers along with scientists in Germany, Japan and elsewhere in the United States.


MINT Leads International Effort to Develop Alternative Material for Green-Energy

A scientist who directs a University of Alabama research center will lead a collaborative, international effort to find an alternative source material necessary to sustain the growing electric-energy movement. Dr. Takao Suzuki, director of UA’s Center for Materials for Information Technology, or MINT, is leading an approximate $1.6 million effort by a consortium that includes 13 other UA researchers along with scientists in Germany, Japan and elsewhere in the United States.

MINT Center Awarded G8 Research Council Funding

The MINT Center has been funded for “The G8 Research Councils Initiative on Multilateral Research Theme: Material Efficiency – A first step towards sustainable manufacturing”.

The MINT Center will focus on “High Performance Permanent Magnets sustainable for Next Generation”. The program is for three years, starting from September 2012 through September 2015. The total amount for funding is 1,241,000 Euro. The consortium consists of the flowing PI and Partner PIs from three countries.

Leading PI Professor Takao Suzuki University of Alabama United States
Partner PI 1 Professor George Hadjipanayis University of Delaware United States
Partner PI 2 Professor Helmut Kronmüller Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research Germany
Partner PI 3 Professor Oliver Gutfleisch Technical University of Darmstadt Germany
Partner PI 4 Professor Kazuhiro Hono National Institute for Materials Science Japan
Partner PI 5 Dr.Kiyoyuki Masuzawa TDK Corporation Japan

Each PI will be funded by each national council.   The MINT will be funded by NSF for the total amount of $600,000.

The MINT team includes the following faculty members; A.Gupta, S.Gupta, Y.K.Hong, P.LeClair, G.Mankey, C.Mewes, T.Mewes, O.Mryasov, D.Nikles, R.Shade, G.Thompson , H.Turner and P.Visscher.


Project Summary:

The consortium is proposed to address the issues of scarce availability and high-cost materials in Permanent Magnets (PM) and to offer alternative solutions for these issues.

The current high performance PM heavily depend on Rare-Earth elements (RE).  More than 95% of current production capacity for RE required for PM is in China.  Availability of Chinese RE to other nations depends on continued stability in China’s internal politics and economy, and its relation to other countries.  Also, RE extraction processes lead to serious environmental problems.  Those issues create risks for global markets and cause geopolitical dynamics with potential to affect the strategic interests of numerous nations.

The consortium aims to develop RE-free PM.  The materials of choice are Mn-bsed alloy systems such as Mn-Al, Mn-Bi and Mn-Al-Bi.  The goal is to achieve an energy product (= the energy to be stored in the PM) comparable to that NdFeB PM.  Emphasis focuses on thin films and nano-particles of PM with (BH)max of about 25 MGOe as the first step.  Such PM have the potential to make possible new applications such as magnetic MEMS and biomedical sensors.  The second step will focus on the development of PM with beyond 25MGOe.  The advantages of using Mn alloys are that their magnetic properties exhibit high magnetic anisotrophy and high coercivity, key for strong PM, and that these elements are abundant in the earth, thus providing the opportunity to establish a cost-effective and sustainable manufacturing process.

The consortium consists of six organizations from three countries.  All the partner members have had rich experience on PM including the proposed Mn alloy systems.  The consortium will work on RE free PM from fundamental materials issues, processing and manufacturing, and cost-effectiveness points of view.  Also, emphasis will be placed on training students and post-doctoral fellows.

The management of the consortium will be handled by the Center for Materials for Information Technology at the University of Alabama, USA.

Open Campus Event: Northridge High School

Northridge High School students’ campus visit

Y. Bao (Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering), M. Bakker (Chemistry), P. LeClair (Physics & Astronomy), C.K.A. Mewes (Physics & Astronomy), T. Mewes (Physics & Astronomy), J. Lumzy (High School Program Coordinator)

Thursday, April 26, 2012


One hundred twenty students from Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa came to the campus of the University of Alabama on Thursday April 26th 2012.  As one part of their visit to the University of Alabama the students attended presentations given by MINT faculty members Patrick LeClair and Martin Bakker. The students also visited the MINT center and attended an introduction to the type of research done at the MINT center.

Through the MINT Open Campus Events the MINT center strives to strengthen its ties with the community, the schools, and most importantly the students of the Tuscaloosa area.

Open Campus Event: Central High School

Building stronger ties in Learning Science

M. Baker (Chemistry), J. Lumzy (High School Program Coordinator)
Thursday, February 2, 2012

Twenty-five Central High School students in an advanced science class participated in some awesome experiments on Thursday, February 2, 2012, in Shelby Hall.  Judy Lumzy, Coordinator for High School Programs, and Dr. Martin Bakker, Associate Professor of Chemistry coordinated the event.  The primary focus of this initiative was to get high school students engaged, excited, and empowered while experiencing the wonderful world of science in a university atmosphere.

Through various service projects supported by the MINT center we hope to strengthen our ties in community, the school, and most importantly with the students.