NEW YORK — (Reuters) – A new study by researchers at Cornell University found a new type of sponge, which can be used for a range of applications, could help solve the world’s energy problems.
The sponge is the third-generation material scientists have discovered in a single piece of research.
It is one of a series of materials called superconductors, which are among the world�s most powerful semiconductors.
The research was published on Thursday in Nature Communications.
It indicates that superconducting materials could offer significant energy savings.
Superconductors are used in devices that operate at temperatures of up to 6,000 degrees Celsius (10,000 Fahrenheit), a critical temperature that enables electrons to travel faster than light.
They also have an extremely high resistance to external forces, which makes them particularly well suited to use in high-speed electric motors and lasers.
Researchers at Cornell�s Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) used high-throughput electron microscopy to study a group of superconductive materials called sponges.
The material was found to have a number of properties that could lead to better ways to harness energy in electronics, sensors and other devices.
The team found that a superconductant sponge with a spin lattice structure can have a superposition of two states, which means it can act as a superconductor and be used to store electrical current.
It also has a unique properties, which may offer significant power-saving potential.
In this case, the spin lattices are aligned in a way that gives the material high conductivity, while a second spin latticework can be added, increasing the material�s superconductivity.
The spin latticed spongues are able to store up to 30 percent more electrical current than the spin-latticed sponge.
Superconductor materials have a wide range of uses, from energy storage to sensors.
They can be made in a number, from tiny chips that use them to power light-emitting diodes to the world-famous black holes of the Large Hadron Collider.
In some cases, the material could be used as an energy-storage material for the first time.
Scientists at IAM are also exploring new uses for the material, including in the semiconductor industry, where they hope to develop materials that can be stacked together to form more complex structures.
They are also developing new materials for electronics and other applications, including a material that is being developed as a fuel for solar power.
The material is being created through the collaboration of IAM, the Center for High Energy Physics (CHEP) and other institutions.
The work is the latest in a series by IAM scientists that has explored superconductance materials.
A 2014 study showed that a group at Cornell had discovered a new kind of superconditionally thin layer, called a bifurcated spongilite, that could store a record amount of energy in a material as thin as a nanometer (nm).
The new study, led by I AM researcher Joshua Kostovskiy, found a bimodal spongel that has a spin structure that makes it superconduct.
In addition to the spin layer, the researchers found that the material also has three different states.
In one of these states, the sponge is in a state where electrons can travel faster.
In another, it is in another state where the sponge can store a much higher amount of electricity.
This new sponge is able to conduct electricity at temperatures up to 5,000 Celsius, making it a promising material for energy storage.
The researchers have already developed a material called the superconductor-titanium bifireconductor (STBC), which has an electrical conductivity of 1,200 to 2,200 microvolts per square meter (micromoles per square centimeter).