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Title: Future of high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramics.


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Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0002-7812; ACSBA7; TRN: US200817%%73
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull.; Journal Volume: 86; Journal Issue: 6 ; 2007
Country of Publication:
United States

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Maroni, V. A., and Chemical Engineering. Future of high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramics.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Maroni, V. A., & Chemical Engineering. Future of high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramics.. United States.
Maroni, V. A., and Chemical Engineering. Mon . "Future of high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramics.". United States. doi:.
title = {Future of high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramics.},
author = {Maroni, V. A. and Chemical Engineering},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {},
journal = {Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull.},
number = 6 ; 2007,
volume = 86,
place = {United States},
year = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Mon Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2007}
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