Applied superconductivity

Superconductivity is regarded as one of the most astonishing phenomena in the world of science. Superconductors offer great potential for development of new generation materials for power transmission, electrical motors, fault current limiters, magnetic sensors, medical imaging, etc. The research carried out by this large group covers a wide range of projects from materials aspects to theoretical modelling in HTSC and related materials. The research program includes following projects:

ARC Discovery Projects

  • Automatically thin superconductors
    Project ID: DP170104116
    Years funded: 2017 - 2019
    Chief investigators: Prof. Xiaolin Wang, Dr. Zhi Li, A/Prof. Zhenxiang Cheng, Dr. Yi Du
    Partner investigators: Prof. Qikun Xue
    Project description: This project aims to explore two-dimensional superconducting materials and elucidate the origins of their superconductivity. High temperature superconductivity in single layer iron-based superconductors offers a platform for exploring superconductors with even higher critical temperature (Tc) and has aroused great hope of understanding the underlying mechanisms for high Tc superconductivity. This project is expected to introduce physics and materials, leading to a better understanding of the two-dimensional superconducting phenomenon and the discovery of physical phenomena for new electronic devices


  • Microstructure design of second generation MgB2 superconducting wires for enhancement of critical current density
    Project ID: DE140101333
    Years funded: 2014 2015 2016
    Total funding: $377,000
    Chief investigators: Z. Q. Ma
    Project description: Magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconducting wires have outstanding potential for a diverse range of commercial applications. However, the critical current density in MgB2 wires is still comparatively low, which represents the biggest obstacle in terms of their practical applications. This project will further enhance the critical current density in second generation MgB2 wires prepared by an optimised internal magnesium diffusion process through addressing fundamental issues and designing appropriate microstructure. The research outcomes will be extremely beneficial to fundamental research and to the potential application of MgB2 superconductors. High performing, low-cost second generation MgB2 wires are also expected to be developed in this project.