04-Apr-2008 - Bruker Corporation

Bruker's Advanced Supercon Business Signs Cooperation Agreement with IFW Dresden for Development of MgB2 Superconducting Wire

The Advanced Supercon business unit of Bruker Corporation announced that it has signed a formal cooperation agreement with the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany (IFW Dresden) to jointly further develop Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) superconducting wire.

In the framework of this cooperation agreement, IFW Dresden will contribute existing know-how and future R&D results in MgB2 powder and conductor materials. Bruker's Advanced Supercon business will contribute its broad experience and large-scale manufacturing capacity for all types of technical superconductors, including industrial scale-up, production, quality assurance and commercialization, particularly for MRI and energy research magnet applications.

The expanded collaboration between the Advanced Supercon business and IFW Dresden has the dual goals to further increase MgB2 wire critical currents and to produce a first 1 kilometer long wire segment within a year. Future collaboration plans include large scale MgB2 wire production and collaboration with magnet manufacturers for next-generation MRI magnets, as well as for high-energy physics and fusion research magnets.

Dr. Burkhard Prause, Managing Director of the Advanced Supercon business, commented: "IFW Dresden is a performance leader in the development of MgB2 wire, and we have been collaborating with IFW Dresden for several years already. Our development results have reached the point where we decided to strengthen and expand our ongoing joint efforts to further develop MgB2 wire towards higher performance specifications and towards scaled-up industrial production. We believe that in the future there could be a large potential market for MgB2 wire in 'dry' MRI and energy research magnets operating without liquid helium at temperatures greater than 10 degrees Kelvin."

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