CosmoCaixa, 6-10 MAR 2019: Fira Recerca en Directe with the Superconducting Materials Group!

This year, the 17th edition of the “Fira Recerca en Directe”, organized by the Parc Científic de Barcelona (PCB) in collaboration with Obra Social “la Caixa”, will count with the participation of some researchers from SUMAN group , which will show, among others, the levitating superconducting train.

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ULTRASUPERTAPE (H2020-ERC-ADG-2014-669504)

ULTRAfast growth of ultrahigh performance SUPERconducting TAPEs

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 2 496 652

EU contribution:

EUR 2 496 652

Coordinated in:




ULTRASUPERTAPE aims to demonstrate an unprecedented approach for fabrication of low cost / high throughput / high performance High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) tapes, or Coated Conductors, to push the emerging HTS industry to market. The breakthrough idea is the use of Transient Liquid Assisted Growth from low cost Chemical Solution Deposition of Y, Ba, Cu metallorganic precursors to reach ultrafast growth rates. The key concept relies on the discovery of a tool to control the ignition effect of the transient liquid formation through the decomposition of barium carbonate even for thick films. The capability to modulate the transient liquid state with composition variations and low cost capital investment equipment enriches its potentiality. Innovative Additive Manufacturing and Digital Printing methodologies are identified to devise an integrated system able to address the full manufacturing process from solution deposition by ink jet printing to ultrafast epitaxial crystallization of the superconducting phase. A combinatorial chemistry strategy ensures fast screening operation. Furthermore, ULTRASUPERTAPE will boost Coated Conductor performances up to outstanding limits at high and ultrahigh fields, by smartly designing and engineering the local strain and electronic state properties of nanocomposite superconducting films. The digital-printing additive-manufacturing approach developed will be cleverly adapted to create unique superconducting nanocomposites from nanoparticle colloids with unlimited concentrations. This new instrument is foreseen to be transferable to many other functional applications of advanced nanocoatings, where long length or large area production of functional epitaxial films or multilayer structures are required. Consequently, wise ideas and technology emerged from this proposal are foreseen to penetrate the new energy paradigm beyond the clean, efficient and smart limits that Superconductivity offers.

Host Institution

Spain (EU contribution: EUR 2 496 652)
28006 MADRID

Activity type: Research Organisations

Welcome to Diana and Lavinia, new PhD students!

Hola! We are Diana and Lavinia, the new PhD students. We are both chemists and we recently started our work in the field of superconductivity in SUMAN group.

Even though one of us is from Barcelona (Diana) and the other one is from Rome (Lavinia), we got to know each other last year during our Master Thesis carried out in the same research group in UAB.

We are happy to be part of the group and looking forward to working with all of you!

Teresa Puig on Terrassa Digital radio!

Teresa Puig was on November 15, 2018, on the radio! The program “La Nit Estèrica” from Terrassa Digital (95.2 FM) interviewed Teresa Puig, ICMAB researcher from Terrassa. They talked about superconducting materials and about the begining of Teresa Puig in the superconducting world, about her current projects, and many more things!

Listen to the interview here, from mintue 10:00!


Fifteen ERC grantees telling their story in simple words #LasCientíficasCuentan

The following article appeared in the ERC Newsletter on 26 October 2018. It is about the project #LasCientíficasCuentan, which explalins complex science through the voice of fifteen female ERC grantees in Spain. From ICMAB, Teresa Puig and Marta Mas-Torrent participated in the project, funded by the FECYT and the FGCSIC. They give talks, participate in roundtables, and appear in some videos explaining their research!



Read the full text here, transcribed from the ERC Newsletter (26 Oct 2018):


How can body heat become electricity? Could the neurons behind vision replace those in charge of hearing? How do cells reach the body organs that they form? What can history tell us about tackling modern crises and challenges? “Las Cientificas cuentan” (Women in science count) is a communication campaign funded by Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT) and Fundación General CSIC (FGCSIC), and launched by the Brussels’ office of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The main objective of this initiative, in which female scientists with an ERC grant play the central role, is to bring complex science to the public space and to draw attention also to the challenges that women face nowadays in research.

“As a scientist, it is in your 30s and 40s that you are most productive. It is also at that point that you must choose between the professional competition and your personal life. Why is the scientific career path so competitive, so stressful? Why can we not design it differently, take other criteria into account? Excellence is key, of course, but it should not be measured it in terms of quantity”, explains Neus Sabate, who develops paper-based eco-friendly fuel cells made of organic molecules such as ethanol, glucose or urea.

Nuria Flames, working on Serotonin Related Mental Disorders shares a different experience: “I never felt judged for my gender, only for my competences. But being a scientist and having children is like having two full-time jobs. It is challenging for women and for men. More should be done in this respect”.

Across the country, until the end of November, the grantees share both their science and their reflections at round tables, where different types of audiences, including children, are invited to put their questions forward and to provide their feedback through different means. These informative sessions are supported by a series of short videos, in which the scientists present the challenges of their research projects in a simple and accessible way, sometimes in the same way as they explain these to their own families or friends.

Beyond making science more accessible to the public, the campaign goal is also to highlight EU’s support for basic research through grants like those of the ERC.

Superconducting materials and levitation of magnets with Teresa Puig in “Els Matins de TV3

On Thursday 11 October 2018, the programme “Els Matins de TV3”, directed by Lídia Heredia, interviewed researcher Teresa Puig about the superconducting materials, in their section devoted to science, and presented by Daniel Arbós. The section, of more than 18 minutes long, explains what superconducting materials are, what are their main applications, and shows the levitation experiment.

Enjoy the view!



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