|To achieve the understanding and the experience necessary to design light element molecular superconducting systems with higher superconducting transition temperatures, the synergic capabilities of the project team naturally lead to the establishment of four Core Technology Platforms(Figure) to enable synthesis-driven study of basic mechanisms of superconductivity in light element systems. The Synthesis and Characterisation Platform describes the synthetic targets of new structural and chemical classes of light element solids with enhanced functionalities defined as higher superconducting transition temperatures and new competing electronic ground states (in particular, but not restricted to, cooperative magnetism) for s/p-electron systems. The Control Platform outlines the systematic control of the competition between insulating and superconducting behaviour of light-element molecular systems via the application of external stimuli such as ultrahigh pressures and very strong electric fields.
The Measurement Platform describes the identification of the new electronic ground states and their evolution with changes in external parameters. The Theory and Modelling Platform describes the understanding of the electronic properties by modelling and evaluation of the key structural and chemical components of light element molecular superconductors and, through working-level engagement with the other platforms higher Tc materials.
This highly integrated interdisciplinary approach sets the basis for the discovery of materials that enable a step change in the field of high Tc superconductivity. Such an outcome could be, in our opinion, neither achieved by one group in isolation nor by independent research effort by the EU and Japanese groups. The diverse, complementary set of skills and capabilities possessed by the LEMSUPER consortium members will ensure that European and Japanese research and its commercial potential in sustainable superconducting materials comprising abundant non-toxic environmentally friendly constituents is placed well ahead of competition worldwide.