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Mustapic, M., De Silva, K. S. B.., Aboutalebi, S. H., Barua, S., Xu, X., Wang, J., Hossain, M. Shariar., Horvat, J. & Dou, S. Xue. (2015). Improvements in the dispersion of nanosilver in a MgB2 matrix through a graphene oxide net. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119 (19), 10631-10640.


The effects of graphene oxide (GO) addition on the dispersion of nanosilver (Ag) in an MgB2 matrix were studied using bulk samples prepared through a diffusion process. The influence of the dispersion of Ag and Ag/GO particles on the critical current density (Jc) of MgB2 was also investigated. GO has emerged as an excellent dopant which can significantly improve both the low- and high-field performance of MgB2 due to its capability to improve intergrain connectivity (GO) and inter- and intragrain pinning (GO and AgMg). The addition of nanosize Ag particles also results in an improvement of vortex pinning, and at the same time, it offers the advantage of preventing the loss of Mg during the sintering process. It is found that the dispersion of nanosilver in the presence of GO results in significant improvements in the critical current density in MgB2, particularly at high magnetic fields, due to improved intergrain connectivity and flux pinning. The use of the GO net as a platform for doping MgB2 in our case with Ag yielded a 10-fold-better critical current density (Jc) than standard Ag doping at 9 T and 5 K. Even without sophisticated processes, we obtained a Jc result of 104 A/cm2 at 9 T and 5 K, which is one of the best ever achieved.

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