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Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0032-1400


Since the discovery of the first high temperature superconductor, YBaCuO, many attempts have been made to improve its properties by the addition of modifiers; indeed almost all of the elements in the Periodic Table have already been tried in this way. The present survey, covering both our own work and the published literature, examines the effects of adding the platinum group metals to the superconductor, resulting in the formation of several new compounds, many of which are semiconducting and some of which may have potential value in engineering and chemical technology. The complex oxides formed are characterised and data on the superconducting properties of the modified YBaCuO oxide phases are presented.


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