Date of Award


Document Type


Terms of Use

© 2023 Simon Ji. All rights reserved. This work is freely available courtesy of the author. It may only be used for non-commercial, educational, and research purposes. For all other uses, including reproduction and distribution, please contact the copyright holder.

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Engineering Department

First Advisor

Lynne Molter


Superconductors are a fascinating class of materials that seem to defy physics. For my project, I attempted to create one of the most famous types of superconductor, Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide (YBCO), using commonly available chemicals found online and equipment that already exists on campus. This report gives a short description of the theory behind superconductors, and outlines the synthesis procedures I followed that involved citrate pyrolysis and high-temperature treatment using a tube furnace. I succeeded in creating YBCO samples that exhibited superconducting behaviors, and also designed a small magnetic track that can be used for demonstration purposes.

Included in

Engineering Commons