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Physicist’s Study Examines Potential Benefits of Rising Energy Costs

It’s rare that additional fees are welcome, but as physicist Steven Johnston and his colleagues suggest, sometimes they can actually be a pleasant surprise.

In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, Johnston and his collaborators report on how extra energy costs associated with the movement of electrons in lithium copper oxides reveal more about these materials, and in turn help scientists better understand their electronic properties.

The researchers focused on insulators, materials that make it virtually impossible for electric current to flow. They noted that the way current moves is a key property of insulators, semiconductors, and superconductors, which could drive the electronics industry.

Continue reading on the Department of Physics and Astronomy’s website.