Symposia & Program

A-3 Superconducting materials and applications (3rd Bilateral MRS-J / E-MRS symposium)



Prof. Paolo Mele Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan
Dr. Jens Haenisch Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany


Prof. Kazumasa Iida Nagoya University, Japan
Dr. Chiara Tarantini Florida State University, USA


Dr. Shunichi Arisawa NIMS Tsukuba, Japan
Prof. Akiyasu Yamamoto Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Prof. Kosmas Prassides Tohoku University, Japan
Prof. Shigeru Horii Kyoto University, Japan
Prof. Masashi Miura Seikei University, Japan
Prof. Tamio Endo Mie University, Japan
Prof. Noboyuki Iwata Nihon University, Japan
Prof. Kazuhiro Endo Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Yanwei Ma Chinese Academy of Science, China
Dr. Mark Ainslie Cambridge University, UK
Dr. Anna Palau ICMAB Barcelona, Spain
Prof. Michael Eisterer Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Prof. Sanghan Lee Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
Prof. Anke Weidenkaff Univ. Suttgart, Germany


Superconducting materials are an enabling technology for future sustainable energy production, transport and storage, as well as for medical applications, novel electronic devices and fundamental research. Over the last 30 years, several new medium and high-temperature superconducting materials have been discovered (cuprates, MgB2, Fe-based pnictides) while the materials science of traditional superconductors, including the classical metallic superconductors Nb-Ti and Nb3Sn, has progressed. However, the majority of applications are still based on low-Tc superconductors that require cooling by liquid helium. Great efforts are still required to discover new superconducting materials for practical applications and to develop more effective materials processing, micro-fabrication and cryogenic technologies. Moreover, identify and improve vortex pinning mechanisms in superconductors is one of the major challenges nowadays for its relevance in applications requiring manipulation of flux quanta or enhanced critical currents. This symposium aims to bridge the gap between materials science and applications of superconductors, while at the same time being aware of the importance of understanding the fundamental phenomena underlying these materials. This will be an intensive forum offering opportunities for scientists, engineers, researchers, and students to share their ideas, experiences, and latest research results. This symposium is endorsed by THO (Team Harmonized Oxides, Japan).


Topics will include, but are not limited to:

1. New and unconventional superconducting materials
2. Applications and devices based on superconducting materials
3. Correlation between the material structure and superconducting properties
4. Modelling, theoretical and computational studies of superconductivity

5. Thin films, multilayers, single crystals and melt-textured oxide high-temperature superconductors

6. Thin films, single crystals and bulk Fe-based superconductors
7. Recent advances in Nb3Sn, MgB2 and other intermetallic superconductors
8. Coated conductors, wires, tapes and cables for practical applications
9. Vortex pinning, critical currents, anisotropy and other properties relevant for applications

Keynote Speakers & Invited Speakers (tentative)