Yes, we do have MRI and MRI, but we could have had much more were it not for the limitations of using extremely low temperatures. Scientists from the University of Rochester, led by Rank Dias, however, announced a breakthrough in this area and the development of the first material capable of superconducting at room temperature. This would overcome one of the biggest hurdles to the widespread use of superconducting materials that normally only functioned below -140 degrees Celsius, so they needed expensive equipment to provide the right environment.
- Due to low temperature limits, materials with such extraordinary properties have not yet transformed the world in the way many of us imagined. However, our discovery will remove these barriers and open the door to many potential applications, explains Dias. This describes room temperature superconductivity as the holy grail of condensed matter physics, and his team has taken a significant step in that direction, as a recent publication asserts.
Scientists have spent years experimenting with different materials in the pursuit of room-temperature superconductors, such as copper oxides and iron-based chemicals, but hydrogen turned out to be the bull's eye: "To make a high-temperature superconductor, you need stronger connections and light components. These are the two basic criteria. Hydrogen is the lightest material and hydrogen bonds are one of the strongest, he adds.
Although it should be emphasized that there are some problems here as well, as converting pure hydrogen into metallic hydrogen requires extremely high pressure, so the team turned to hydrogen-rich alternatives that retained the desired superconductivity but metallized at a lower pressure. The winning formula is a blend of hydrogen, carbon and sulfur that exhibits superconductivity at 14.5 degrees Celsius and a pressure of 2.6 million atmospheres. This is a huge improvement in terms of -140 degrees Celsius and tens of millions of atmospheres. So there is nothing 1337directory but to wait for the translation of this discovery to our everyday life, such as the futuristic transport of the future.