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David Parker

Critical Materials Innovation Hub

Lead, Developing Substitutes

David Parker is Distinguished Staff Scientist and Group Leader for Materials Theory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and serves as Lead for the “Developing Substitutes” Focus Area of the DOE AMMTO-funded Critical Materials Innovation Hub. He joined Oak Ridge in 2010 following postdoctoral work at the Naval Research Laboratory and obtained his Ph.D. in Physics from the Univ. of Southern California in 2006. He applies first principles methods to some of the most difficult materials sciences challenges facing the Nation today, including in particular new permanent magnets.


The Department of Energy Critical Material Supply Chain Mission: Accelerate the development of new permanent magnets

Since 2013, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office has supported the Critical Materials Innovation Hub (CMI), which has a primary mission to “accelerate innovative scientific and technological solutions to develop resilient and secure supply chains for rare-earth metals and other materials critical to the success of clean energy technologies”. Among these activities have been the discovery and development of new permanent magnets to substitute for those used in the United States today, especially strong, anisotropic ones such as NdFeB and SmCo.

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