Record setting performance using iron-based superconducting wires

Nickel-tungsten alloy key to substrate

Dean Jobb - June 01, 2013

Superconductors

It was a scientific challenge which might have been termed “Mission Impossible”: build a superconducting wire long enough, flexible enough, and sufficiently affordable for use in commercial applications.

Simply put, the task was to make a flexible, kilometre-long single crystal of a ceramic superconductor at the price-performance  metric of copper one can buy from the hardware store.

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Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018

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Feature Story:
A catalyst for sustainable operations
Nickel-containing catalysts are widely used in the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. At end-of-life, catalysts are either sent to landfill or sent for recycling to recover the valuable metals they contain. Refineries in Kuwait are changing the way they handle spent catalysts.