About Spontaneous Materials  

I started Spontaneous Materials early in 2001. After working many years in the permanent magnet and rare earth industries, I realized there are many people who need help with the technical aspects of these materials. This is no surprise, as they can be very confusing, especially for people new to the field. When the word “counterintuitive” is used frequently to describe various aspects of these technologies, you know it cannot be easy. In addition, more often than not, the need for assistance is temporary. Consequently, it makes more sense to hire someone temporarily to fix a temporary problem, as we might with a physician, dentist, electrician, plumber or accountant. This approach is a dramatic shift away from the past, where this type of work has traditionally been handled by fulltime employees. Offering my services on a consulting basis to solve technical problems involving permanent magnets and rare earths was the founding concept of Spontaneous Materials.


Over time, I also realized that there is an ongoing need to teach engineers and other professionals about the basics of magnetic materials because so few of us learned about these materials in school. Sometimes the need is urgent. Since I enjoy teaching and I am told that I am good at it, this was a natural niche for Spontaneous Materials to fill. Our seminars and webinars have now been given all over the World. I am proud to be the initiator of the popular Magnetics Bootcamps, which have become an integral part of the annual Magnetics Conferences, since 2007. Where will the next seminar be given? That’s hard to say, but I always keep my laptop and passport ready.


Have a technical problem with permanent magnets or rare earths? Send me an e-mail or call me. You may be amazed to learn that a relatively simple answer often exists, which can be easily implemented to address your particular problem. People who accept our approach to business are rewarded with higher profits and less frustration. They also know who they will call, the next time they have a problem that fits into our expertise.


Coming from a family of craftsmen, I always take great pride in the quality of my work. I guarantee you that I will always do my very best to serve every client.


Stan Trout

March 25, 2013


Biography of Stanley R. Trout


With forty years' experience in the permanent magnet and rare earth industries, Stan has a wealth of problem solving abilities, gained from a wide variety of technical and commercial roles, that he is eager to share with his clients. He has been very fortunate to study, meet and collaborate with many international luminaries along the way. He is particularly proud to have trained many of today's active industry professionals. Stan has a B.S. in Physics from Lafayette College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Trout is a registered Professional Engineer.


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