Magnetic materials play an essential role in technology. Currently, several categories of magnetic materials are being extensively investigated extensively including soft magnetic materials, hard magnetic materials, magnetoelectronic materials, magnetomechanical materials and magnetocaloric materials. Some materials consisting of rare earth and transition metals are characterized by a large spontaneous magnetization, strong magnetic anisotropy, and a relatively high Curie temperature; some of them also have an extremely large coercivity. Small additions of light elements improve the primary magnetic properties of some rare earth-3d transition metallic compounds. Prospective soft magnetic materials are intermetallics based on light elements with transition metals. Recent investigations have proved that the magnetic characteristics might be significantly improved by using nanoscale materials.

The development of magnetoelectronic materials is important for data storage and sensor technology. I nvestigations of new ferromagnetic metals as a source of spin-polarized current injectors have also attracted recent attention. Magnetomechanical materials include giant magnetostrictive rare earth-transition metal intermetallics, magnetic shape memory alloys and magnetostructural phase transition intermetallics. Magnetocaloric materials can be used as magnetic refrigerants, even at room temperature, and are highly efficient and environmentally friendly.

A detailed understanding and improvement of all these properties, is impossible without knowledge of their electronic structures, and therefore investigations in this direction are highly justified.

Scope and topics:

  • soft magnetic materials
  • hard magnetic materials
  • magnetoelectronic materials
  • magnetomechanical materials
  • magnetocaloric materials
  • magnetic recording.

Scientific Committee:

D. Fruchart (Grenoble, France), B. Idzikowski (Poznań, Poland), O. Kalogirou (Thessaloniki, Greece), O. Moze (Modena, Italy), D. Niarchos (Athens, Greece), W. Suski (Wrocław, Poland), A. Szytuła (Cracow, Poland), R. Troć (Wrocław, Poland), K. Yvon (Geneva, Switzerland), G. Chełkowska (Katowice, Poland), A. Ślebarski (Katowice, Poland) and W. Zarek (Katowice, Poland)

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • O. Bodak (Ivan Franko L'viv National University),
    "Crystal-chemical approach in search of new rare-earth intermetallics for magnetic applications"
  • R. Černý (University of Geneva),
    "Structure of 2:17 compounds in Yb-Fe-Al system"
  • D. Fruchart (CNRS Grenoble),
    "Magnetocaloric effect in d-metal phosphides and arsenides"
  • O. Kalogirou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki),
    "Influences of Co on structural and magnetic properties of R 3(Fe 1-xCo x) 29-yM y (R = rare earth metal, M = transition metal) intermetallic compounds"
  • O. Moze (Univesity of Modena),
    "Small angle neutron scattering investigation of spin disorder in nanocomposite soft magnets"
  • R. Troć (ILT SR Polish Academy of Science, Wrocław),
    "Magnetoresistivity studies of intermetallic compounds and their impact on the understanding of exhibited phenomena"
  • A.Ślebarski (University of Silesia, Poland),
    "Half-metallic ferromagnetic ground state in CePdSb"


  • E. Talik, Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • J. Heimann, Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • M. Kruczek, Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
  • O. Bodak, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
  • A. Guzik, Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland


“Multi-component alloys and intermetallic compounds for magnetic applications and nanotechnology” proceedings will be published in the special issue of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds. All manuscripts will be reviewed according to the Journal of Alloys and Compounds requirements.

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Space limitation for manuscripts

The paper length for the proceedings is limited to:

  • for invited papers: 5 printed pages (15 double-spaced pages of the manuscript including references, tables and figures),
  • for contributed papers: 3 printed pages (9 double-spaced pages of the manuscript including references, tables and figures).

The manuscript should be submitted before 1 July 2005 to Ewa Talik (Editor) by e‑mail as Word document to:

Prof.Ewa Talik
E-MRS 05 Fall Meeting Guest Editor
Institute of Physics
University of Silesia
Uniwersytecka 4
40 007 Katowice
[email protected]

During the conference please submit a floppy disc 3.5” and two printed copies of the manuscript to the conference desk.


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