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Cornell Researchers Explain Creation of First Self-Assembling Superconductor

An interdisciplinary team of Cornell researchers in engineering, physics and chemistry recently created the first self-assembling superconductor. The news of this development came when Science Advances published the group’s research, describing their creation of the three-dimensional gyroidal superconducting structure. The group, led by Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering, Ulrich Wiesner, engaged the expertise of several Cornell faculty and researchers — including Prof. Sol Gruner and Prof. James Sethna, physics, Prof. Francis DiSalvo, chemistry and chemical biology,  Bruce van Dover, chair of the materials science and engineering department  and graduate students Spencer Robbins and Peter Beaucage. All are co-authors to the study. “We had the perfect storm of collaborators,” Beaucage said.