Magnets, the Fatal Attraction!

With Dr John Speight, Metallurgist.

Monday 20th June

7-8pm at All Saints Church, Saxtead

Careers are never straight lines. Think more like snakes and ladders. You are likely to arrive at your destination via unsuspected routes.

It’s not what you study – it’s what you do next…

John’s conventional undergraduate and postgraduate studies in metallurgy at the University of Birmingham provided the foundation allowing him to branch out into making silicon chips and lasers for optical fibre communication systems. He spent periods of his career in academia, manufacturing and marketing roles.

The seminar will briefly review John’s early and mid career work. The major emphasis will be on his current enterprise to recycle magnet materials using a novel hydrogen process.

The talk will reflect on how to navigate the choices thrown up in careers and explore how magnets are destined to play a pivotal role in sustainable transport and energy supply.

Metallurgy is a domain of materials science and engineering that studies the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements, their inter-metallic compounds, and their mixtures, which are known as alloys. Metallurgy encompasses both the science and the technology of metals; that is, the way in which science is applied to the production of metals, and the engineering of metal components used in products for both consumers and manufacturers.