Material scientists in Germany have claimed that they have discovered a material that can act at a superconductor at room temperature. If this is accurate, then there could be huge potential energy savings since superconductors transmit electricity with zero resistance. Until now, the superconductors work at temperatures of about -110°C and lower.
It’s been reported that researchers in the Leo Kouwenhoven group, based out of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, might have beaten several competing teams in solid state and high energy physics to find the elusive Majorana fermions, a mysterious quantum-mechanical particle that might have some applications in quantum computing.
Superconductivity, a phenomenon that works only at temperatures close to absolute zero, has been proven to work at higher temperatures, as much as 70 kelvin. Physicists have been struggling to find out the exact reason why some superconductors can work at warmer temperatures.