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Researchers at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with scientists around the world, have made a discovery that could provide new insights into how superconductors might move energy more efficiently to power homes, industries and vehicles.

Their work, published last week in the journal Science Advances, showed that —a material composed of a single layer of carbon atoms—is more likely to become a superconductor than originally thought possible.

"Graphene by itself can conduct energy, as a normal metal is conductive, but it is only recently that we learned it can also be a superconductor, by making a so-called ' angle' – twisting a second layer of graphene on top of the first," said Jeanie Lau, a professor of physics at Ohio State and co-author of the paper. "And that opens possibilities for additional research to see if we can make this material work in the real world."

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