I know that magnetic fields can effect electrons in certain ways, but I specifically want to know if a bar magnet just sitting on a desk will attract "free electrons" much like a magnet will attract a paperclip. The reason for this question is my brother is working on a new type of battery that uses the magnetic field of a permanent magnet to generate electrical power (without spinning the magnet like in a generator). My brother is operating on the assumption that free electrons in a coil of wire will head towards a magnet when close enough, and he thinks he can use this to somehow generate electricity. I don't think it'll work but I'm a computer technician not a physicist. Edit: Also I apologize if I posted this in the wrong forums, I figured electrical engineering would be a good place to start since this is in relation to a new type of battery.