Public Relations & Press Office
Press Release
Tuesday, April 22 2014

The award for “Best on-going Project”
of the Industrial and Materials Technologies in the FP7 was given to
Dr Dimitrios Niarchos
Coordinator of the FP7 Project Rare Earth Free Permanent Magnets


In the framework of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January, 1st – June, 30th, 2014), Industrial Technologies 2014 Conference was organized in Athens (April, 9th – 11th, 2014).

The Industrial Technologies 2014 Conference integrated nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies. The event offered opportunities for developing valuable research and industry collaborations, and showcased cutting-edge research, latest innovations and rising companies from all around Europe.

The main topics included:

  • European and global developments in the high-tech arena
  • Re-industrialisation and regional development in Europe
  • Technological and entrepreneurial opportunities, especially for the Balkan and Mediterranean states, and
  • Opportunities in Horizon 2020 in the field of enabling technologies.

The event was attended by more than 1.000 delegates from 62 countries, with more than 150 presentations, exhibits and various other events (see also

The organizers decided to give a number of awards for projects completed under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) as well as for on-going projects. More than 60 applications were submitted and an international advisory group made the selection.

The Project Rare-Earth Free Permanent Magnets (REFREEPERMAG,, coordinated by Dr. Dimitrios Niarchos, Former President and now Director of Research at the Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of the NCSR “Demokritos”, received an award as one of the “best-on going projects” in FP7 of the EU. This is a great honor for the consortium but also for the NCSR “Demokritos”, demonstrating not only the excellent scientific performance of the team into new areas of materials science but also management and leadership skills. The same group was awarded in 2005 the DESCARTES prize for their work “Ultrahigh density of Magnetic Recording Media”.

The REFREEPERMAG project addresses the critical materials’ problem in the permanent magnets - that is shortage of rare earths, with China being the unique supplier-, by introducing innovative combinatorial materials synthesis and processing, in search of new phases suitable as permanent magnets, with materials without rare earths e.g. iron or cobalt. The stronger the magnet, the more energy-efficient the device can be, so these supermagnets are utilized in computers, automobiles and other vehicles (including hybrid vehicles), consumer electronic products, medical products as well as ystems and motors of all kinds. They add functionality to jet fighter engines, electronic countermeasure systems, missile systems and satellite communication systems. Magnets are also integral parts of alternative energy systems, such as those that harvest wind, wave and tidal power.

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Dr D. Niarchos with members of the Greek team.
The winners of the prizes.

Dr D. Niarchos holding the award statuette, a Cycladic Idol replica.

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