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Pure Appl. Chem., 2002, Vol. 74, No. 11, pp. 2083-2096

Thick films of ceramic superconducting, electro-ceramic materials

H. Altenburg1,2*, J. Plewa1, G. Plesch3 and O. Shpotyuk4

1 SIMa, Steinfurter Initiative für Materialforschung, Steinfurt, Germany
2 FH Münster/University of Applied Sciences, Lab.Supraleitung-Keramik-Kristalle (SKK), Steinfurt, Germany
3 Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
4 Scientific Research Company “Carat ”, Institute of Materials, Lviv, Ukraine

Abstract: The use of thick films becomes more and more important in particular for electronic and microelectronic applications. The term “thick film ” does not relate so much to the thickness of the film but more to the kind of deposition. Thick films are made by low-priced processes such as doctor (dr) blading, screen-printing, or spraying methods, etc. The preparation of thick films of ceramic material by these methods generally implies a processing sequence of the following steps: preparation of the oxide powders; preparation of pastes and slurries; painting/printing, etc.of the pastes onto a suitable substrate; drying at low temperature; and sintering at high temperature to get a consolidated layer. These technologies and the fabricated thick films of thermoresistive and superconducting materials will be discussed.