This paper is based on my talk delivered at the superconductivity centennial conference in The Hague, the Netherlands, on September 23, 2011, to explore the possibility of room temperature superconductivity according to what we have learned from the past, especially in the last 25 years since the discovery of high temperature superconductivity. While the field of superconductivity is broad, I have chosen to focus on the advancement of T c, which has been a major driving force for sustaining research on superconductivity for the last 100 years, ever since its discovery by Heike Kamerlingh Onnes in Leiden. A holistic multidisciplinary enlightened empirical approach is proposed with some specific steps following a brief summary of the past history in the search for superconductors with higher T c. Before concluding, three specific examples of our effort toward superconductors of higher T c are given to demonstrate that the future in raising T c is vast and bright.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering