updated 4/19/2011 6:45:23 AM ET 2011-04-19T10:45:23

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Superconductor Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SCON) ("STI"), a world leader in the development and production of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials and associated technologies, announced Dr. Brian Moeckly, Director of Materials Research and Development for STI, will present at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting on April 26th at 4:00 p.m. PDT in San Francisco.

Dr. Moeckly will present in Symposium VV: "Future Directions in High-Temperature Superconductivity---New Materials and Applications." His presentation, which is titled: Fabrication and In-field Measurement of HTS Films on Simplified Templates for Low-cost Coated Conductors, will report on critical current measurements of second generation (2G) HTS coated conductors as a function of magnetic field magnitude and direction. Dr. Moeckly will discuss the high-magnetic-field test results that were completed in January, 2011 for a 2G HTS wire sample that was produced by STI and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  The outstanding critical current results were achieved on samples that were produced without requiring the addition of artificial pinning centers within the HTS layer. The samples were fabricated using STI's proprietary reactive coevaporation with cyclic deposition and reaction (RCE-CDR) technology to deposit the HTS material onto simplified templates. The templates themselves consist of a reduced number of layers and process steps compared to competing technologies.

Dr. Moeckly will also report on the fabrication and properties of coated conductor wire samples up to a meter in length. These results demonstrate the benefits of STI's deposition technologies for manufacture of 2G HTS wire for demanding wind turbine, fault current limiter, and transmission cable applications.

About Materials Research Society (MRS)

MRS is an organization of materials researchers from academia, industry and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life. More information about the 2011 MRS Spring Meeting program can be found at: http://www.mrs.org/s11program-vv/

About Superconductor Technologies Inc. (STI)

Superconductor Technologies Inc., headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, has been a world leader in HTS materials since 1987, developing more than 100 patents as well as proprietary trade secrets and manufacturing expertise. For more than a decade, STI has been providing innovative interference elimination and network enhancement solutions to the commercial wireless industry. The company is currently leveraging its key enabling technologies, including RF filtering, HTS materials and cryogenics to develop energy efficient, cost-effective and high performance second generation (2G) HTS wire for existing and emerging power applications, to develop applications for advanced RF wireless solutions and innovative adaptive filtering, and for government R&D.  Superconductor Technologies Inc.'s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "SCON." For more information about STI, please visit http://www.suptech.com.

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Statements in this press release regarding our business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These factors and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our limited cash and a history of losses; the limited number of potential customers; the limited number of suppliers for some of our components; there being no significant backlog from quarter to quarter; our market being characterized by rapidly advancing technology; overcoming technical challenges in attaining milestones to develop and manufacture commercial lengths of our HTS wire; customer acceptance of our HTS wire; fluctuations in product demand from quarter to quarter; the impact of competitive filter products, technologies and pricing; manufacturing capacity constraints and difficulties; and local, regional, and national and international economic conditions and events and the impact they may have on us and our customers, such as the current worldwide recession.

Forward-looking statements can be affected by many other factors, including, those described in the "Business" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of STI's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in STI's other public filings. These documents are available online at STI's website, www.suptech.com, or through the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements are based on information presently available to senior management, and STI has not assumed any duty to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact

For further information please contact Investor Relations, invest@suptech.com, Cathy Mattison or Mary Magnani of Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates, +1-415-433-3777, for Superconductor Technologies Inc.

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