Pablo Jarillo-Herrero of MIT became a superstar of solid-state physics when he and his team discovered the superconductivity characteristics of twisted bilateral graphene. This discovery opens up an excellent route for scientists to study exotic quantum effects. It also has significant potential applications in the development of a higher temperature superconductor, as well as quantum computing and breakthroughs in electronics design. Already, more than thirty research teams are planning to explore “twistronics,” and many more are interested.

Key Takeaways:

  • Biggest surprise to hit the solid-state physics field since the 2004 discovery of graphene
  • March 2018, his lab at MIT had found superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene
  • The discovery that graphene, made from carbon, could be gotten from graphite by using scotch tape won the scientists the Nobel Prize.

“All this has left Jarillo-Herrero struggling to keep up with the demands of suddenly being out in front of a red-hot field that has already garnered its own name — “twistronics.””

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