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Los Alamos scientist named Asian American Engineer of the Year

A University of California scientist working at Los Alamos National Laboratory widely known for his innovations in the field of electronic materials and high-temperature superconductivity has been named the 2005 Asian American Engineer of the Year by the Chinese Institute of Engineers USA (CIE/USA). February 24, 2005. More>>>

Scientists "PAD" their way to new metal-oxide film technology

University of California scientists working with a researcher from Washington State University at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Superconductivity Technology Center have developed a novel method for creating high performance, inorganic metal-oxide films using polymer-assisted deposition, or PAD. The breakthrough could pave the way for a greater use of metal-oxide films into the electronics manufacturing industry.  December 14, 2004. More>>>

Nanotechnology leads to discovery of super superconductors

University of California scientists working at Los Alamos National Laboratory with a researcher from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated a simple and industrially scaleable method for improving the current densities of superconducting coated conductors in magnetic field environments. The discovery has the potential to increase the already impressive carrying capacity of superconducting wires and tapes by as much as 200 to 500 percent in certain uses, like motors and generators, where high magnetic fields diminish current densities. September 9, 2004. More>>>

Superdiamonds? - Scientists discover superconductivity in diamond

Scientists working at the Russian Academy of Sciences and Los Alamos National Laboratory recently announced the discovery of superconductivity at ultracold temperatures in cubic diamond. The discovery offers the potential for a new generation of diamond-based device applications and even suggests that superconductivity in silicon or germanium, which also forms in the diamond structure, may be possible.
In findings published in the April 1, 2004 issue of the scientific journal Nature, the Russian - American team of scientists report their discovery of superconductivity in a boron-doped diamond-structured carbon material that had been synthesized at very high pressures and temperatures. The diamond material was fabricated in Russia by scientists working at the Institute for High Pressure Physics (IHPP) at the Russian Academy of Sciences and brought to Los Alamos where superconductivity in diamond was discovered. More>>>

A Hot Time for Cold Superconductors

A new way to manufacture a low-cost superconducting material should lead to cheaper magnetic resonance imaging machines, electrical generators and other energy-efficient applications. Hot isostatic pressing of wires made of magnesium diboride, or MgB2, significantly increased the amount of electrical current the wires can carry without electrical resistance. Researchers, who presented their findings recently at the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston, include: Adriana Serquis, Leonardo Civale, Xiaozhou Liao, Yates Coulter, Duncan Hammon, Yuntian Zhu, Dean Peterson and Fred Mueller from the Superconductivity Technology Center; and Vitali Nesterenko from the University of California, San Diego. More>>>

Quanxi Jia is MST's newest Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow!

Quanxi Jia, of the Superconductivity Technology Center, has been named a Laboratory Fellow, the Laboratory's highest scientific honor, by Laboratory Director G. Peter Nanos. Quanxi is a materials scientist working in the challenging and fast-moving areas of superconductivity, magnetic materials and thin-film synthesis, characterization and architecture. He has conducted pioneering research in complex oxide thin film growth and has received international recognition for these efforts. In addition, he is also a recognized leader in the field of electronic device fabrication. Some of his important contributions to these areas include: the development of high- performance Josephson Junctions in superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDS) and the invention of fabrication methods for multi-layer thin films that have been used to develop novel microwave devices. These discoveries have lead to international acclaim and high praise from his peers.? Particularly impressive is Quanxi's ability to use fundamental physics and materials science to understand and then overcome technological problems associated with device fabrication. He is a prolific publisher with over 200 manuscripts in the peer- reviewed literature and over 1500 citations that clearly demonstrate and enhance his growing international reputation.

Six other Laboratory researchers were also named to the rank of Fellow: Carol Burns of the Chemistry Division, R. Brian Dyer of the Bioscience Division, Robert Hixson of the Dynamic Experimentation Division, Nicholas King of the Physics Division, and Michael Nieto and Arthur Voter, both of the Theoretical Division. This honor is given yearly to technical staff members who have sustained a high level of excellence in programs important to the Laboratory's mission, made important scientific discoveries that lead to widespread use, or been recognized as leaders in their fields both within and outside of the Laboratory. More>>>

STC wins R&D 100 Award!

The Superconductivity Technology Center has received a 2003 R&D 100 Award for Flexible Superconducting Tape, a technology based on transmitting electricity with no resistive losses. The team, Steve Foltyn, Paul Arendt, Vlad Matias, Brady Gibbons, Ray DePaula, Paul Dowden, Randy Groves, Quanxi Jia, and Sascha Kreiskott (all MST-STC), developed a superconducting tape that carries high currents in high magnetic fields at liquid-nitrogen temperatures. At such temperatures, the tape carries current with no resistance and is flexible enough to be wrapped into a tight coil with no loss of superconductivity. This innovative tape design can carry 200 times the electrical current of copper wire.

Each year, R&D Magazine recognizes the world's top 100 scientific and technological advances with awards for innovations showing the most significant commercial potential. This year the Laboratory won eight awards.

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