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February 2017

Electricity Found to Flow Without the Heat in Novel Material


Scientific Achievement

Users and staff at the Molecular Foundry discovered that electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.

Significance and Impact

The findings could lead to a wide range of applications, such as thermoelectric systems that convert waste heat from engines and appliances into electricity.

Research Details


S. Lee, K. Hippalgaonkar, F. Yang, J. Hong, C. Ko, J. Suh, K. Liu, K. Wang, J. J. Urban, X., C. Dames, S. A. Hartnoll, O. Delaire & J. Wu, Science. 2017 Jan 27;355(6323):371-374.