With the colloidal suspension of superconducting nanoparticles as a precursor, we have successfully fabricated well-oriented high-Tc superconducting Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy films by an electrophoretic deposition method. The colloidal suspension of superconducting nanoparticles can be prepared by the exfoliation of Bi-based cuprates through the intercalation of long chain organic molecules. According to zeta potential measurement, the surface of the resulting nanosheets in an acetone solvent is positively charged with a potential of + 25 mV. Such a presence of surface charge allows us to apply the electrophoretic deposition process with a silver metal substrate. A post-annealing process for the as-deposited film improves significantly the electrical connectivity and the c-axis alignment of the superconductor grains. The thickness of the resulting films can be easily tuned by the control of deposition conditions such as an applied electrical potential and a deposition time.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry