Superconductivity and applications

Program mission

QUT has developed the capability to research, characterise and apply the fundamental properties of the new generations of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) material compounds. Our engineers and materials scientists have experience spanning 20 years of researching and developing devices incorporating HTS, extending their knowledge into new and innovative industrial HTS applications including:

  • power systems
  • maritime and land based propulsion
  • microwave communications systems
  • environmental sensing.

The Applied Superconductivity Program has a broad skill set that covers the following research areas:

  • fundamental ab initio modelling and synthesising HTS material
  • full property characterisation of HTS material performance
  • modelling and real-world verification of commercial HTS tapes and wires applied to industrial devices
  • production and testing of HTS Josephson junctions (JJ) applied to sensor and microwave communication systems
  • prototyping and proof-of-concept production of HTS based devices covering cryogenics, vacuum technology and custom packaging.

QUT boasts a specialist superconductor laboratory at Banyo Pilot Plant to enable work related to:

  • power system devices
  • HTS materials characterisation and testing
  • cryocooling device studies
  • scaleable rotation machines for propulsion and traction
  • HTS microwave communications devices and detectors.

Our team also has access to the world-class equipment and expertise housed within QUT’s Central Analytical Research Facility to enable real-world outcomes for our project partners.

Program team