C60 Enters the Race for the Top

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Science  31 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5535, pp. 1570
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1570a

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In a paper published online this week by Science (, researchers report that by placing a crystal of Cspiked with other compounds in the heart of a transistor, they can turn it into a high-temperature superconductor capable of conducting electricity without resistance up to 117 kelvin. The crystals the team created are far easier to craft into electronic components than the standard high-temperature superconductors made from copper oxide-based ceramics, a property that could pave the way to new high-speed computers based on the technology.