The Resistance Fighter

Text: Anke Brodmerkel

If the day ever comes when power can be transmitted with minimum effort and without loss we could well have Hidenori Takagi to thank. From 2014, the 52 year-old Japanese physicist will set out to find materials with as yet unknown properties at the University of Stuttgart and the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. The Humboldt Professor is considered one of the most original thinkers in his field. He came to fame a few years ago when he tracked down a new class of material which has no electrical resistance. Unlike standard superconductors which have to be cooled down almost to absolute zero (minus 273 degrees Celsius), Takagi’s materials are satisfied with around minus 150 degrees. In Stuttgart, the researcher will now focus on discovering other advanced materials.