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Hydrocarbon superconductors

Superconductivity has been discovered in the materials that form when alkali metals react with a solid hydrocarbon. This is the first new class of organic, high-temperature superconductor in a decade.

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Figure 1: Electronic structures of selected π-electron-containing systems.

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Rosseinsky, M., Prassides, K. Hydrocarbon superconductors. Nature 464, 39–41 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/464039a

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