Nature retracted a paper published in March, which claimed the discovery of a superconductor that worked at everyday temperatures. The paper, retracted this past Tuesday, was the second paper involving Ranga P. Dias, a professor of mechanical engineering and physics, to be retracted by the journal in over a year.
Dias and his colleagues have claimed to discover multiple room-temperature superconductors. However, their research has raised skepticism in the scientific community.
Dias plans to submit his research to a different journal, but concerns of research misconduct persist. Superconductors could be used in various applications if scientific attempts to find an everyday temperature superconductor are successful. Other scientists have faced similar retraction controversies, but the scientific investigation into room-temperature superconductors remains ongoing.