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Graphene Gets Russians Nobel Prize

5. October 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments


The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm began announcing Nobel Prize winners today and two Russian-born physicists were among the honorees. Andre Konstantinovich Geim, 51, and Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov, 36, had collaborated as PhD supervisor and student in the Netherlands, before moving to Manchester University in Britain.


A simple experiment in 2004 resulted in the breakthrough. By adhering a piece of carbon to scotch tape, then peeling the tape away to strip off layers one atom thick, graphene is made (see video below). These thin wafers of carbon are stretchy, strong, and almost completely transparent.


Its properties have made it one of the most exciting new materials for producing electronic components, from touchscreens to pollution sensors. Geim said it’s impossible to describe the range of uses for the material.


Andre Geim was born in Sochi, Russia and completed his PhD at the Institute of Solid State Physics of The Russian Academy of Sciences in Chernogolovka. He has won many awards over the last 4 years for his graphene experiment, including the Mott Prize, the EuroPhysics Prize, the Korber Prize, John J. Carty Award, and the Hughes Medal. He’s also known for gecko tape, a biomimetic adhesive which is still in development. The material has a wide variety of uses from nanosurgery to aerospace. He’s also famous for his flying frog experiment stemming from research into diamagnetic levitation.


Konstantin Novoselov was born in Nizhny Tagil, Russia and studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He’s published more than 60 research papers and has also received many accolades for his work with Geim on gecko tape and graphene.