/ Carlo Burkhardt /

Carlo Burkhardt

Professor, Pforzheim University

Prof. Dr. Carlo Burkhardt (*1965) studied metallurgy and materials at the University of Birmingham (UK) and received his PhD in 1995.

He started his career at Witzenmann GmbH (a German automotive supplier) as a project engineer. Going through the ranks, he was appointed Vice President R&D in 2006.

In 2011, he joined OBE Ohnmacht & Baumgärtner GmbH & Co KG, a specialist in precision engineering, as CTO, where he was responsible for technology, R&D, production and quality.

At OBE he initiated and coordinated the EU HORIZON2020 project “REProMag” for the production of rare earth permanent magnets by metal injection molding in a completely waste-free process. The project with 14 partners from 7 European countries was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Technology Prize (Umwelttechnikpreis BW) and the German Raw Material Efficiency Prize (Deutscher Rohstoffeffizienzpreis), both in 2017.

In the same year, he moved to Pforzheim University, where he is now scientific director of the Institute for Precious and Technology Metals (STI). In this position, he coordinates what is currently the largest recycling project under EU Horizon 2020, “SusMagPro” (2019-2023). This project involves 20 partners from 9 European countries, has a budget of €14.5 million and is building pilot facilities to demonstrate a circular economy for rare earth permanent magnets with an initial capacity of 110 tons/year.

Starting in July, it will additionally coordinate the four-year EU Horizon project “REEsilience,” which aims to build a resilient and sustainable supply chain for the European automotive and energy sectors. The project has a budget of €13.5 million and involves 18 European partners from 8 countries. The project aims to ensure a stable supply of at least 1,000 tons of permanent magnets per year by 2026.

He is co-founder of two university spin-offs: MetShape GmbH focuses on additive manufacturing of precision components and HyProMag GmbH develops new methods for recycling permanent magnets. In both companies, he is a member of the management board.

Since 2021, he has been head of the Awareness Raising Task Force of the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) and since 2022, he has been convenor of the German standardization group NA 066-03-11 AA at DIN, which mirrors the work of ISO/TC 298 “Rare Earth”.