Random Walk to Stockholm
In association with Physics World magazine and the School of Physics, University of Bristol
Andre Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Konstantin Novoselov for his work on graphene. Graphene – a single plane of carbon atoms – is probably the simplest material one can imagine. On the other hand, graphene has acquired so many superlatives to its name that people started calling it a wonder material. Sir Andre will discuss how this research started and, then, try to explain why graphene attracts so much attention today.
This is one of a number of events with Physics World, marking the 25th anniversary of the flagship magazine of the Institute of Physics.
Sir Andre Geim, FRS Kt is Regius & Royal Society Research Professor, Condensed Matter Physics Group, University of Manchester. He has published over 200 research papers including more than twenty in Nature and Science; is responsible, according to ISI’s Essential Science Indicators, for initiating two research fronts, graphene and gecko tape and also known, notoriously, for levitating the frog, for which he won the 2000 IgNobel Prize (shared with Michael Berry from University of Bristol). His many awards include: 2013 Copley Medal for “numerous scientific contributions and, in particular, for initiating research on two-dimensional atomic crystals and their artificial heterostructures; 2011 Niels Bohr Medal for “outstanding contributions to the development of physics”; 2010 Royal Society Hughes Medal for “discovery of graphene and elucidation of its remarkable properties”; 2010 US National Academy of Sciences’ John Carty Award for “the realisation and investigation of graphene, the two-dimensional form of carbon”; and the 2010 Nobel Prize for “groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”
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