Ink for the production of superconducting flexible tapes

  • Alfonso from ICMAB-CSIC
  • From Spain
  • Responsive
  • Patents for licensing

Summary of the technology

CSIC through the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona has developed a New YBCO precursor solution suitable for TLAG-CSD growth of superconducting films.

Details of the Technology Offer

The introduction of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) in flexible tapes, specifically Coated Conductors (CCs) allowed their industrial implementation.

Our researchers developed a new technique to produce CCs, the Transient Liquid Assisted Growth-Chemical Solution Deposition (TLAG-CSD). This technique is 100 fold faster than currently used techniques. A key point of the technique is the production of the solution ink that will create the superconducting layer in the CCS.

We present a novel class of environmentally friendly solutions and colloidal solutions with higher stability. The use of these solutions increases the structural homogeneity of the superconducting film and their performance.

Current development status

Laboratory prototypes


Medical devices, fusion reactors, energy grids, electric aviation, wind power.

Desired business relationship

Patent licensing

Technology development

New technology applications

Intellectual property status

  • Patent already applied for
  • Patent application number :EP22382741

Attached documents

Related Keywords

  • Fine Chemicals, Dyes and Inks
  • Energy Technology
  • Energy production, transmission and conversion
  • Smart grids
  • Wind Technology
  • Physical Sciences and Exact Sciences
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology
  • Sustainability
  • Medical equipment
  • Medical instruments
  • Wind Market
  • Power grid and distribution
  • electric aviation


The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona​ (ICMAB) is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence research center which beongs to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and is governed by a Foundation board.

The Institute was set up in 1987 and subsequently, in April 1991, the laboratories were opened at the Campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). It is part of the Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster in Bellaterra.

The aim of the institute is to carry out research aimed at obtaining and characterising materials of industrial interest. Its activities are based on the synthesis, preparation, crystallization and characterisation of functional high-performance materials and nanomaterials, which in some cases have led to the construction of device prototypes based on these materials.

Studies and improvements both of conventional materials, as well as new molecular, supramolecular, magnetic, superconducting and porous materials etc. are being developed through projects and research contracts. There are currently 9 ERC funded projects at ICMAB.

To develop these activities, at present there are 57 permanent staff among researchers and back up personnel together with 80 non-permanent staff divided into eight researgh groups, one general unit service, and one unit of Scientific and Technological Services.

In 2016 the ICMAB reached the 100.000 citations, and it is currently the first centre, among the CSIC centres, in the Nature Index. Each permanent researcher publishes close to 5 articles per year in Journals with a very high impact factor.

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