Lyon, France

Special Conference Events and Sessions

12th MRAM Global Innovation Forum

Chaired by Kevin Garello (Spintec)

This Forum will feature ten on-demand invited talks and a live Q&A panel discussion where the speakers will discuss such topics as what we need to do bring MRAM to next level, and what breakthroughs do we need to make MRAM (or spintronics) an integral part of CMOS electronics at advanced nodes. The launching of volume production of STT-MRAM by major microelectronics companies marks the adoption of this hybrid CMOS/magnetic technology by microelectronics industry. This constitutes a major achievement for spintronics R&D which opens further perspective of spintronic applications. This one-day Forum will give an overview of the present status of industrial MRAM development and discuss the foreseen evolutions.

MRAM physics, materials and process integration
  • Jaewoo Jeong (Samsung)
  • Tiffany Santos (Western Digital)
  • Sahil Patel (Applied Materials)

MRAM product development
  • Dimitri Houssamedine (IBM)
  • Jeong-Heon Park (Samsung)
  • Johannes Muller (Global Foundries)
  • Yan-Jen Lee (TSMC)

Design-technology interaction
  • Shinobu Fujita (Kioxa)
  • Jack Guedj (Numem)

Beyond MRAM: SOT
  • Shunsuke Fukami (Tohoku University)

Panel discussion: What do we need to bring MRAM to next level?
Moderated by Luc Thomas (Applied Materials)
  • Simone Bertolazzi (Yole)
  • Gouri Sankar Kar (IMEC)
  • Daniel Worledge (IBM)
  • Seung Kang (Qualcomm)
  • KoMin Chang (NXP Semiconductor)

IEEE Magnetics Society Award Ceremony and Plenary Session

The IEEE awards ceremony will recognize awardees from both 2020 and 2021.

Antiferromagnetism: Celebrating 50 years since the Nobel Prize
Ivan K. Schuller, Distinguished Professor of Physics Chair, Center for Memory and Recording Research, University of California, San Diego 

Dr. Ivan Schuller, a member of the Latin American, Chilean, Spanish, Colombian, Belgian, Latin American Academies and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has won major science and TV prizes including the American Physical Society (Wheatley and Adler), Materials Research Society (Medal and Somiya), Department of Energy (Lawrence), Department of Defense (Vannevar Bush), European (Humboldt and Lise Meitner) and several regional Emmys. His more than 600 papers and 20 patents established the field of metallic superlattices key for the start of Spintronics, determined the structure of YBCO high temperature superconductor, and established the phenomenology of many hybrid heterostructures including exchange bias. His recent basic research on the properties of quantum-materials has direct relevance for Energy Efficient Bioinspired Computing and Sensors.

From Spin-Resolved Atomic-Resolution Imaging to Magnetic Materials and Devices by Design
Roland Wiesendanger, Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg 

Dr. Roland Wiesendanger’s scientific interests include nanomagnetism and nanospintronics, unconventional superconductivity and topological physics. Since the end of the eighties, he has pioneered the technique of Spin-Polarized Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (SP-STM) which allowed the first real-space observation of magnetic structures at the atomic level, leading to numerous discoveries of novel types of magnetic states and phenomena in low-dimensional systems. In particular, Dr. Wiesendanger and his team discovered chiral magnetic domain walls, spin spirals and individual nano-scale magnetic skyrmions in ultrathin films and demonstrated that skyrmions can be individually written and deleted by vertical injection of spin-polarized currents or by local electric fields. Moreover, based on SP-STM studies of individual magnetic atoms and their distance-dependent interactions, all-spin atomic-scale devices could be demonstrated by combining single-atom manipulation techniques with spin-sensitive imaging at the atomic scale. Time- and spin-resolved studies led to fundamental insight into thermally and spin-current induced magnetization switching down to the atomic level.

Tutorial: Magnetism and the Environment

Magnetic Refrigeration
Oliver Gutfleisch, TU Darmstadt

Motors in Electric Vehicles
Keisuke Fujisaki, Toyota Technological Institute

Circular Economy for Magnetic Materials
Kiril Mugerman, Geomega Resources

Focus Sessions and Symposia


Bench to Bedside Transition of Biomagnetic Research: How Close Are We?
Biological applications of magnetic fields and magnetic materials cover a variety of areas as human and animal health, food safety and environmental issues, in which they are proposed as solutions for detection, diagnosis and prognosis, and for therapy or treatment. While some of these applications show promise, others are already a reality. This symposium will gather successful cases in which magnetism is used for life sciences. We will learn how far we are in magnetic neurostimulation, imaging, biosensing, or cancer fight. This session will attract specialists in magnetic sensors, fluids and rheology, nanomaterials or micromagnetics, and an audience interested in finding out more on how magnetism can contribute to health and life care. The invited lectures will cover hot topics of biomedical applications of magnetism:

  • Fast low-cost magnetic resonance imaging as an alternative to X-radiation for hard tissue. How far are we of seeing this in dental clinics?
  • Tumor therapy by magnetic particle vibrations
  • Imaging and quantifying transition metal ion in human brain for early detection and diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders
  • Magnetorheological Composite Materials and Applications
    This focus session seeks to highlight key new advances in the field of magnetorheological composite materials (MCMs). MCMs are composites that disperse magnetic particles, such as ferromagnetic spherical particles, flakes or rods, in a matrix material that can vary from a lightly viscous fluid, to a highly viscous grease, to a soft polymer or viscoselastic solid. These brief lectures will describe how magnetic particles, dispersed in a matrix, can be used to developed MCMs with field controllable damping, stiffness and other mechanical, electrical or thermal properties. These will also include key background explaining relevant practical applications, and how the tools of magnetism are exploited to meet the requirements of these applications. This symposium will clarify for non-experts, with backgrounds in magnetics, some of the key opportunities for applications of such MCMs in aerospace and automotive vehicles, as well as component level applications such as dampers, isolators, inerters, or actuators. Each speaker will also provide an assessment of their materials and application, and describe the key challenges remaining for successful practical implementation. The key objective of this symposium is to provide a broad perspective on magnetorheological composite materials utilizing various types of matrix materials, and utilizing magnetic fields to create anisotropies in the composite.


    • 2D Materials for Spintronics
    • Electrical Machines and Drives 2020 and Beyond
    • New Trends in Skyrmionics: Materials, Dynamics and Detection Techniques
    • Progress and Prospects of Advanced Magnetic Microscopies
    • Spin Angular Momentum Transport: Spin Waves Pushing New Frontiers
    • Spin Conversion Efficiency by Various Methods Towards Device Applications
    • Spintronics for Probabilistic Computing
    • Terahertz Spintronics

    View Speakers for Focus Sessions and Symposia

    Meet the Experts

    Students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to attend Meet the Experts. This event provides young researchers with the exclusive opportunity to participate in a small-group video discussion (limited to 20 students per expert) and get expert advice on career planning, technical paper writing and publication, job searches and interviews, society involvement, and more. To ensure the integrity of the small-group discussion, space at this event will be limited and advance registration required.

    Women in Magnetism Networking Event

    Expand your professional network! Don’t miss the Virtual Women in Magnetism Networking Event. This is an opportunity to become acquainted with women in the profession and to discuss a range of topics including leadership, work-life balance, and professional development. All students, researchers and retirees are encouraged to attend.

    Magnetism as Art Showcase

    INTERMAG 2021 will host a Magnetism as Art Showcase to highlight the beauty of magnetism and magnetic materials. Selected submissions will be displayed on the Conference website. Four finalists will be determined by popular vote and of those finalists, one winner will be selected by a panel of judges.

    Special session: "Entrepreneurship: Launching a Start-up Company"

    This special session will feature three speakers from Europe, USA and Asia, who will share their experience in launching a start-up company.