Dr Richard Sheridan PhD, BEng

Dr Richard Sheridan

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Lecturer in Magnetic Materials

Contact details

School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Richard Sheridan is a Lecturer in Magnetic Materials in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.

Richard has a background in processing, recovery and recycling, degradation, and characterisation of rare earth permanent magnets based on neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) and samarium-cobalt (SmCo). He also runs the pilot scale rare earth alloy strip casting facility in the Netshape Manufacturing building for production of alloys in the 3-5 kg charge range.


  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2014)
  • BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering (2009)


Richard Sheridan qualified with a BEng (Hons) degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Birmingham in 2009. He went on to study a PhD in the recovery and recycling of sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets using hydrogen as a processing tool under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Williams, Professor Allan Walton and Professor Rex Harris.

Richard has since worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Magnetic Materials Group at the University of Birmingham on EU funded projects MAG-DRIVE (Agreement Number 605348) and NEOHIRE (Agreement Number 720838), both of which utilise a high temperature hydrogen reaction to change the microstructure and magnetic properties of primary and secondary Nd-Fe-B alloys.

Richard has also worked in other projects aimed at utilising the pilot scale strip caster to produce thin flakes of Nd-Fe-B alloys with unique microstructures. These materials are more suitable for subsequent processing and manufacture of magnets for specific applications.

Richard was appointed Lecturer in Magnetic Materials in June 2018 and lectures on functional materials and their use in applications such as sustainable energy technologies and biomedical applications.


  • Functional and ceramic materials
  • Materials for sustainable and environmental technologies
  • Materials engineering design
  • Advanced electronic materials
  • Renewable energy materials
  • Forefront of materials science

Postgraduate supervision

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  • Degradation of samarium cobalt magnets in ambient, humid and high temperature environments
  • Non-equilibrium strip casting of rare earth – transition metal alloys for primary and secondary magnet production
  • Alloy development for production of rare earth magnets resistant to degradation and corrosion
  • Magnetic characterisation of minerals for separation and contamination investigation
  • Recovery and recycling of samarium cobalt magnets
  • Recovery and recycling of Nd-Fe-B magnets


Recent publications


Hussein, A, Zou, J, Sheridan, R, Bongs, K & Attallah, M 2020, 'Magnetic shielding promotion via the control of magnetic anisotropy and thermal Post processing in laser powder bed fusion processed NiFeMo-based soft magnet', Additive Manufacturing, vol. 32, 101079. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2020.101079

Ikram, A, Mehmood, F, Sheridan, R, Awais, M, Walton, A, Eldosouky, A, Sturm, S, Kobe, S & Rozman, KZ 2020, 'Particle size dependent sinterability and magnetic properties of recycled HDDR Nd–Fe–B powders consolidated with spark plasma sintering', Journal of Rare Earths, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 90-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jre.2019.02.010

Ikram, A, Awais, M, Sheridan, R, Walton, A, Kobe, S, Pušavec, F & Rozman, KZ 2020, 'Spark plasma sintering as an effective texturing tool for reprocessing recycled HDDR Nd-Fe-B magnets with lossless coercivity', Metals, vol. 10, no. 3, 418, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.3390/met10030418

Kirby, K, Shaaban, A, Walton, A, Kennedy, D, Williams, AJ, Brooks, O, Sheridan, R & Harris, I 2020, 'The effects of AB2 (A=Zr,Hf,Ti) additions on the free-iron content in ingotswith the initial composition of Nd2.2Fe14B1.1', Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, vol. 513, 167098. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmmm.2020.167098

Ikram, A, Mehmood, MF, Samardžija, Z, Sheridan, R, Awais, M, Walton, A, Sturm, S, Kobe, S & Rozman, KZ 2019, 'Coercivity increase of the recycled HDDR Nd-Fe-B powders doped with DyF3 and processed via Spark Plasma Sintering & the effect of thermal treatments', Materials, vol. 12, no. 9, 1497. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12091498

Al-Ali, S, Wall, F, Sheridan, R, Pickles, J & Pascoe, R 2019, 'Magnetic properties of REE fluorcarbonate minerals and their implications for minerals processing', Minerals Engineering, vol. 131, pp. 392-397. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mineng.2018.11.042

Ikram, A, Mehmood, MF, Podlogar, M, Eldosouky, A, Sheridan, R, Awais, M, Walton, A, Krzmanc, M, Tomse, T, Kobe, S, Sturm, S & Rozman, KZ 2019, 'The sintering mechanism of fully dense and highly coercive Nd-Fe-B magnets from the recycled HDDR powders reprocessed by spark plasma sintering', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 774, pp. 1195-1206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.09.322

Kimiabeigi, M, Sheridan, R, Widmer, J, Walton, A, Farr, M, Scholes, B & Harris, I 2018, 'Production and Application of HPMS Recycled Bonded Permanent Magnets for a Traction Motor Application', IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 65, no. 5, pp. 3795 - 3804. https://doi.org/10.1109/TIE.2017.2762625

Castle, EG, Sheridan, R, Zhou, W, Grasso, S, Walton, A & Reece, MJ 2017, 'High coercivity, anisotropic, heavy rare earth-free Nd-Fe-B by Flash Spark Plasma Sintering', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, 11134. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-11660-9

Yang, Y, Walton, A, Sheridan, R, Guth, K, Gauss, R, Gutfleisch, O, Buchert, M, Steenari, B-M, Van Gerven, T, Jones, PT & Binnemans, K 2017, 'REE Recovery from end-of-life NdFeB permanent magnet scrap: a critical review', Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, vol. 3, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40831-016-0090-4

Meakin, J, Speight, J, Sheridan, R, Harris, I, Williams, A & Walton, A 2016, '3-D Laser Confocal Microscopy Study of the Oxidation of NdFeB Magnets in Atmospheric Conditions', Applied Surface Science, vol. 378, pp. 540-544. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.03.182

Jordens, A, Marion, C, Langlois, R, Grammatikopoulos, T, Sheridan, R, Teng, C, Demers, H, Gauvin, R, Rowson, N & Waters, K 2016, 'Beneficiation of the Nechalacho rare earth deposit. Part 2: Characterisation of products from gravity and magnetic separation', Minerals Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mineng.2016.04.007

Conference contribution

Kimiabeigi, M, Widmer, J, Sheridan, R, Walton, A & Harris, I 2016, Design of high performance traction motors using cheaper grade of materials. in 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016). Institution of Engineering and Technology, IET International Conference on Power Electronics Machines and Drive, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 19/04/16. https://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2016.0287

Castle, EG, Sheridan, R, Grasso, S, Walton, A & Reece, MJ 2016, Novel "Flash Spark Plasma Sintering" method for the rapid fabrication of nanostructured and anisotropic rare-earth lean permanent magnetic materials. in Proceedings of the 24th International Workshop on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and their Applications. pp. 305, 24th International Workshop on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and Their Applications, Darmstadt, Germany, 21/08/16.


Farr, M, Sheridan, R, Bradshaw, A, Mann, V, Harris, I & Walton, A 2016, 'Optimisation of HDDR processing parameters for sintered hard disk drive voice coil magnets', Paper presented at 24th International Workshop on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and Their Applications, Darmstadt, Germany, 21/08/16.

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