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Panel Session: Magnet & Critical Material Supply Chain

This panel session will bring together the brightest minds in the industry and dive into the challenges facing the magnet and critical materials supply chain ecosystem. Topics will include;

  • DOE's strategies to improve the resilience of critical material supply chains, particularly rare earth elements and NdFeB magnets.

  • DOE’s various efforts touching various aspects of the NdFeB supply chain and how these compare with efforts globally

  • Strategies pursued by DOE’s Critical Materials Institute (CMI) to address supply chain issues

  • Overview of past successes and current efforts being pursued by CMI in relation to magnets

  • The importance of analysis in advising which strategies for DOE/CMI to pursue

  • Technology transfer and commercialization activities

  • Challenges with bringing industry to the US (competitiveness)

  • Overview of items from many recent legislative actions (BIL, IRA, DPA, and CHIPS Act) relevant to critical materials and NdFeB magnets

  • What key challenges/gaps remain?

  • What efforts is the industry undertaking?

  • Policy options

Moderator: Braeton James Smith, Principal Energy Economist, Argonne National Lab


Helena Khazdozian, Sr. Technology Manager, US Department of Energy

Tom Lograsso, Critical Materials Institute, Director


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