2010 Nobel Prize in Physics: Background information and a statement by AIP Executive Director and CEO
WASHINGTON, DC, 5 October 2010 — THE 2010 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS will be awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, U.K. for their pioneering work with graphene, a single-atom-thick sheet of carbon. Discovered in 2004 by Geim and his colleagues, graphene is an extraordinary and versatile material. It has these properties:
It is the best known conductor of electricity at room temperature.
Electrons move very quickly through graphene, and lose little energy along the way.
It is the strongest material known, and is expected to be used in composite materials.
It is transparent and might be useful for electronic displays.
It might be an able source of terahertz radiation, a difficult-to-make form of light.
It will probably be possible to make integrated circuits to be made from a single sheet of graphene.
Statement by Dr. H. Frederick Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics, who happens to be in Germany at the moment:
“Graphene is a splendid material, and its rapid rise to fame shows how quickly science can respond to new discoveries. Within a year or so of Andre Geim's and Konstantin Novoselov's first work with graphene, it became the subject of dozens of sessions at large science meetings. Many scientists, seeing a rich research opportunity, stopped what they were doing and turned to graphene.”
Links to AIP Journal articles involving graphene or Geim
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