Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−δ Nanocomposite Films Using Preformed ZrO2 Nanocrystals via Chemical Solution Deposition

  • H. RijckaertEmail author
  • I. Van Driessche


Several articles are already published on how to synthesize the nanocrystals with desired properties, but a lack of acknowledge exist on how to use or incorporate these nanocrystals in the specific applications such as the formation of superconducting nanocomposite film. In the quest for the commercial breakthrough of coated conductors in power applications, we started to study and understand the missing link between the nanocrystal surface chemistry and the final nanocomposites performance. We successfully deposited the nanocomposite film via several chemical solution deposition techniques and optimized the growth process of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7−δ and at the same time understood what the influence of the preformed nanocrystals and the growth of pinning-active nanocrystals in the YBa2Cu3O7−δ matrix.


Chemical solution deposition Nucleation and growth Nanocomposite Thin film YBa2Cu3O7 Superconductor Nanoparticles SIMS Transmission electron microscope 



The authors want to thank S. Van Oosterwijck (Ghent University) for dip-coating experiments and several institutes (University of Turku, IFW Dresden and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) for their contributions.


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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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