A hydrocarbon, picene exhibits superconductivity below 18K.

Superconductivity is a phenomenon whereby the resistance of a material to the flow of electricity vanishes.

This is the first new organic, high-temperature superconductor has been discovered in a decade.

Picene is an organic compound made up of 22 carbon atoms and 14 hydrogen atoms. It looks like five benzene rings in a staggered line.

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