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Braeton Smith

Argonne National Lab


Braeton is an Economist in Argonne’s Decision & Infrastructure Sciences Division. His research focusses on critical material supply chains, economic consequence analysis, and quantifying the economic benefits of infrastructure resilience.


Developing the North American permanent magnet supply chain for energy technologies:
Industry and government perspectives

This panel discussion will focus on both government and industry efforts to develop a robust North American supply chain of permanent magnets to support the energy sector industrial base (ESIB). Rare earth magnets, such as sintered neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets, are especially important to the ESIB as they are critical components of traction motors in electric vehicles and direct drive generators in offshore wind turbines. Yet, nearly all supply chain stages of sintered NeFeB magnets are concentrated in China, posing a potential vulnerability for ESIB supply chains required to meet climate goals.

Moderator: Braeton J. Smith, Argonne National Laboratory

Helena Khazdozian, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials Technology Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Jacob Ward, Office of Manufacturing & Energy Supply Chains, U.S. Department of Energy
Alan Lund, MP Materials

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