The main research objective is the formulation of new types of multimetaloxide nanocrystals for incorporation as artificial pinning centers in nanocomposite thin films processed using chemical solution deposition. Superconducting coated conductors are chosen as the proof of concept. Innovative chemical deposition methods and the incorporation of preformed and inert multimetaloxide nanocrystals as pinning centres into the superconducting nanocomposite thin film are the innovative aspects compared to ongoing research. A succesful realisation of the objectives of this EID proposal will need training of ESRs on different aspects ranging from chemical pecursor design, stabilisation of nanocrystals in precursos solutions, continuous deposition of superconducting nanocomposite coatings and optimisation of the superconducting properties in alternating magnetic fields.
The main objective of this programme is, in line with the EID scope, to enhance the career perspectives of early stage researchers (ESRs) by provinding the unique opportunity to be exposed to research and training in both an academic as well as an industrial environment. This will be facilitated through the partnership between Ghent University and the industrial partner Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH, bringing together two widely respected research partners,active in the field of inorganic nanomaterials synthesis and coating development for improved superconducting wires for energy applications. The involved partner organisations entered the project for specific added value in terms of industrial scaled synthesis of nanocomposite precursors (hte GmbH: High throughput designs; BASF SE: new formulations and flow chemistry) and Univ. of Turku (physical characterisation).