SAVE THE DATE: Nobel Prize Laureate Konstantin S. Novoselov FRS To Visit cfaed

Graphene: The "Wonder Material” of Our Century

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On September 16, Professor Konstantin S. Novoselov FRS holds his Nobel Lecture “Graphene: Materials in the Flatland” at TU Dresden. The talk will take place within cfaed's "Distinguished Lecture Series" which invites top tier guests to come to Dresden.

Sir Konstantin Novoselov was distinguished by the Nobel Committee for Physics “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”.

Thinner than paper, lighter than a feather, stronger than steel and better at conducting both electricity and heat than copper: graphene has been called as “the new wonder material of the 21st century”. Graphene consists of a layer of carbon atoms that are bonded together in a hexagonal pattern and form the graphite, commonly found in pencils. The material can be utilized in numerous disciplines.

Scientists have talked about graphene for about half a century. The graphene was first discovered in the 1940's, but was not further researched due to financial costs and complex processes of separating it from its metallic substrate without damaging the material. However, in 2004 the graphene was rediscovered by Sir Konstantin Novoselov and his colleague Andre Geim from the University of Manchester. After the isolation of mono layer graphene and testing it, the two scientists published a paper about the vast potential of the material properties. This paper was a breakthrough in physics and inspired the whole scientific community around the world. In 2010 Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim were awarded the Nobel Prize for this work and their outstanding achievements in physics.

Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS

Prof. Sir Konstantin ‘Kostya’ Novoselov FRS was born in Russia in August 1974. He has both British and Russian citizenship. He is best known for isolating graphene at The University of Manchester in 2004, and is an expert in condensed matter physics, mesoscopic physics and nanotechnology. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for his achievements with graphene. Kostya holds positions of Langworthy Professor of Physics and the Royal Society Research Professor at The University of Manchester.

He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and undertook his PhD studies at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands before moving to The University of Manchester in 2001. Professor Novoselov has published more than 250 peer-reviewed research papers. He was awarded with numerous prizes, including Nicholas Kurti Prize (2007), International Union of Pure and Applied Science Prize (2008), MIT Technology Review young innovator (2008), Europhysics Prize (2008), Bragg Lecture Prize from the Union of Crystallography (2011), the Kohn Award Lecture (2012), Leverhulme Medal from the Royal Society (2013), Onsager medal (2014) among many others. He was knighted in the 2012 New Year Honours.

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