Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 22, pp 5997–6003 | Cite as

Microstructure and properties of K2O doped superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−x

  • J. Tartaj
  • J. F. Fernandez
  • P. Duran
  • C. Moure


K doped YBa2Cu2Ox powders have been obtained by incorporating K2CO3 to previously coprecipitated amorphous hydroxide mixtures. Synthesis was performed at 900‡C and an orthorhombic 1 2 3 phase was the final product. Sintering of isopressed bars was carried out from 920 to 940‡C. K doping up to 5 at % led to the development of dense bodies with good superconducting behaviour. Oxygen pick-up during the cooling step following sintering was well accomplished despite the high density of the samples. Transition temperatures ⩾90 K were measured. Doping above that percentage led to samples with lower density values. The presence of non-superconducting phases, such as CuO and a green phase, was very significant, and suppressed the superconducting transition.


Oxygen Polymer Microstructure Hydroxide Transition Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Tartaj
    • 1
  • J. F. Fernandez
    • 1
  • P. Duran
    • 1
  • C. Moure
    • 1
  1. 1.Electroceramics DepartmentInstituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (CSIC)Arganda del ReySpain

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