A new way to synthesize superconducting metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe

Yuuki Takahei, Keitaro Tomita, Yugo Itoh, Keishi Ashida, Ji Hyun Lee, Naoki Nishimoto, Takumi Kimura, Kazutaka Kudo, Minoru Nohara, Yoshihiro Kubozono, Takashi Kambe

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Doping with the optimum concentration of carriers (electrons or holes) can modify the physical properties of materials. Therefore, improved ways to achieve carrier doping have been pursued extensively for more than 50 years. Metal-intercalation is one of the most important techniques for electron doping of organic / inorganic solids, and has produced superconductors from insulators and metallic solids. The most successful examples are metal-intercalated graphite and C60 superconductors. Metal intercalation has been performed using solid-reaction and liquid solvent techniques. However, precise control of the quantity of intercalants in the target solids can be difficult to achieve using these methods, as that quantity depends largely on the initial conditions. Here we report an electrochemical method for metal-intercalation, and demonstrate the preparation of superconductors using organic and inorganic materials (C60 and FeSe). The metal atoms are effectively intercalated into the spaces in C60 and FeSe solids by supplying an electric current between electrodes in a solvent that includes electrolytes. The recorded superconducting transition temperatures, Tc's, were the same as those of metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe prepared using solid-reaction or liquid solvent techniques. This technique may open a new avenue in the search for organic / inorganic superconductors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number18931
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 6 2016

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Metals
Superconducting materials
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Electrons
Liquids
Electric currents
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Takahei, Y., Tomita, K., Itoh, Y., Ashida, K., Lee, J. H., Nishimoto, N., ... Kambe, T. (2016). A new way to synthesize superconducting metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe. Scientific Reports, 6, [18931]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep18931

A new way to synthesize superconducting metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe. / Takahei, Yuuki; Tomita, Keitaro; Itoh, Yugo; Ashida, Keishi; Lee, Ji Hyun; Nishimoto, Naoki; Kimura, Takumi; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Kambe, Takashi.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 6, 18931, 06.01.2016.

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Takahei Y, Tomita K, Itoh Y, Ashida K, Lee JH, Nishimoto N et al. A new way to synthesize superconducting metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe. Scientific Reports. 2016 Jan 6;6. 18931. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep18931
Takahei, Yuuki ; Tomita, Keitaro ; Itoh, Yugo ; Ashida, Keishi ; Lee, Ji Hyun ; Nishimoto, Naoki ; Kimura, Takumi ; Kudo, Kazutaka ; Nohara, Minoru ; Kubozono, Yoshihiro ; Kambe, Takashi. / A new way to synthesize superconducting metal-intercalated C60 and FeSe. In: Scientific Reports. 2016 ; Vol. 6.
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