Scientists Win Nobel for Atom-Thin Material

'Groundbreaking' work thought to have implications in electronics

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 5, 2010 6:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov shared the Nobel Prize in Physics today for "groundbreaking experiments" with a new material expected to play a large role in electronics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited Geim and Novoselov, who are both linked to universities in Britain, for experiments with graphene, a flake of carbon that is only one atom thick.

Experiments with graphene could lead to the development of new material and "the manufacture of innovative electronics," the citation said. "Since it is practically transparent and a good conductor, graphene is suitable for producing transparent touch screens, light panels and maybe even solar cells," the academy said. Geim, 51, is a Dutch national, while Novoselov, 36, holds British and Russian citizenship. Both are natives of Russia and started their careers in physics there.

Members of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences announce that Russian-born scientists Andre Geim, left on screen, and Konstantin Novoselov share the Nobel Prize in physics, Tuesday.
Members of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences announce that Russian-born scientists Andre Geim, left on screen, and Konstantin Novoselov share the Nobel Prize in physics, Tuesday.   (AP)
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown. Whatever that means. We took the caption from Wikimedia.
Ultra-high vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy image of a point defect in graphene that has been epitaxially grown. Whatever that means. We took the caption from Wikimedia.   (Argonne National Laboratory)
This undated image made available by the University of Manchester, England Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010 shows Russian-born scientist Andre Geim.
This undated image made available by the University of Manchester, England Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010 shows Russian-born scientist Andre Geim.   (AP)
This undated image made available by the University of Manchester, England Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010 shows Russian-born scientist Konstantin Novoselov.
This undated image made available by the University of Manchester, England Tuesday Oct. 5, 2010 shows Russian-born scientist Konstantin Novoselov.   (AP)
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