Month: July 2014


Jordi and Gerard, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology visitor students from UAB

During the first semester of 2014 we hosted two visitor students from the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology degree from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona to complete their final degree work. Jordi Antoja’s work concerned “Towards nanofabricated pinning sites in high-Tc superconducting thin films based on the Resistive Switching phenomenon” under the supervision of Dr. Anna Palau. Gerard Pedreira was devoted to “Growth and characterization of thin oxides films with Resistive Switching properties”, supervised by Dr. Narcís Mestres.



Title: Research today to innovate tomorrow! Presentation of the EUROTAPES EU research project
Authors: X. Obradors and M. Tristany
Conference Name: EU Open doors day 2014
Place: Brussels (Belgium)
Date: 17 May 2014

14th-18th July 2014: Bernat Mundet at TEM-UCA workshop

Between 14th and 18th July, Bernat Mundet attended to the TEM-UCA Summer Workshop “Transmission Electron Microscopy of Nanomaterials” hold at University of Cádiz. The workshop was devoted to review the advancements of Transmission Electron Microscopy, both imaging and spectroscopic techniques, in the characterization of a wide range of nanomaterials.


9th July 2014: A national project about superconducting aerogenerators has been accepted.

The Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad of Spain has awarded the Retos-Colaboración 2014 project named “DISEÑO DE UNA NUEVA GENERACIÓN DE GENERADORES Y EQUIPOS AUXILIARES PARA ENERGÍA EÓLICA BASADOS EN SUPERCONDUCTORES” leaded by GAMESA INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, S.L  with a total amount of 853.592€ (256.092€ granted and 268.875€ loaned). Universidad de Zaragoza and us (SUMAN IP: Dr. Xavier Granados) participate as a partners and we will receive 176.315€ of grant for 4 years.

4th July 2014: Prof. Eric Hellstrom’s invited lecture at ICMAB.

Prof. Eric Hellstrom from the Applied Superconductivity Center at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (USA) was invited to the ICMAB and he lectured about “Development of Bi-2212 wires for High-Field Magnet applications”.

Short abstract: Bi-2212 (Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox) is the only cuprate-based high-temperature superconductor (HTS) that can be made as a round wire.  These round wires can be made with a multifilament architecture, can be twisted, and can be easily cabled (Rutherford and 6-on-1 cables), which are important attributes for building high-field magnets (> 30 T).

Even though the first round-wire Bi-2212 were made in 1989, until recently, Bi-2212 wires did not have high enough Jc for practical applications.  The problem was bubbles that form in the wire during processing that block current.  In this talk I will describe the development of overpressure (OP) processing, which is a form of hot isostatic pressing (HIP), that removes the bubbles and yields high Jc.  Now that we have identified and can remove the main current limiting mechanism, we are reinvestigating all aspects of the heat treatment of Bi-2212 to understand how each portion of the heat treatment affects the final electromagnetic properties of Bi-2212.


30th June 2014: A new patent of inkjet printing has been applied

OXOLUTIA spin-off jointly with SUMAN researchers applied for a new national patent entitled “MÉTODO DE FABRICACIÓN DE LÁMINAS DELGADAS DE ÓXIDOS EPITAXIALES MEDIANTE IMPRESIÓN DE CHORRO DE TINTA” to the Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas (Madrid).



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