Michael A McGuire

Senior R&D Staff

I use crystal growth, solid state chemistry, and metallurgical synthesis techniques, crystallographic studies, and physical property measurements to explore structure-property relationships in complex materials, with particular emphasis on magnetism. My research is currently focused on anisotropic ferromagnets and layered transition metal compounds. The ferromagnet work involves the synthesis, processing, and characterization of candidate rare-earth-free permanent magnet materials as well as thermo-magnetic processing of rare-earth permanent magnets. I also use the tools of solid state chemistry and condensed matter physics to study how magnetic and structural properties evolve with chemical substitutions in cleavable magnetic materials and compounds related to the iron-pnictide superconductors. Other interests include transport and structure in thermoelectric materials, crystallographic phase transitions and their effects on physical properties, and birds.


  • Ph.D. (Physics), Cornell University, 2006
  • M.S. (Physics), University of Mississippi, 2001
  • B.S. (Physics), University of Mississippi, 1999

Research Experience:

  • 2009 – Present, Research Staff Scientist, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • 2007 – 2009, Eugene P. Wigner Fellow, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
  • 2006 – 2007, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


See Curriculum Vitae for full publication list.

ResearcherID/PUBLONS: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-5453-2009

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RCmUjE8AAAAJ&hl=en


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2020
Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2019
Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate Analytics, 2018
Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium, 2018
Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2017
R&D 100 Award, 2017
Excellence in Technology Transfer Award, Southeast Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium, 2017
Highly Cited Researcher, Thompson Reuters, 2014
Significant Event Award, ORNL, 2013
Gordon Battelle Prize, ORNL, 2011
Directors Award for Outstanding Team Accomplishment, ORNL, 2009
Scientific Research Award for Team Accomplishment, ORNL, 2009
Significant Event Award, ORNL, 2008
Wigner Fellowship, ORNL, 2007-2009
Cornell University Fellowship, Cornell University, 2001-2002
Graduate Achievement Award, University of Mississippi, 2001
Taylor Medal, University of Mississippi, 1999


“High command fidelity electromagnetically driven calorimeter” U.S. Patent No. 10,782,193, Sept. 22, 2020.
“Neodymium-Iron-Boron Magnet with Selective Surface Modification, and Method of Producing Same” U.S. Patent No. 10,586,640 March 10, 2020.
“Castable high-temperature Ce-modified Al alloys”, US 9,963,770, May 8, 2018.
“Low temperature stabilization process for production of carbon fiber having structural order”, US 9,732,445, Aug. 15, 2017.
"Hf-Co-B alloys as permanent magnet materials", US 9,552,911, Jan. 24, 2017.