VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, Feb. 11, at 3:20 PM in NSC 224. Join us for refreshments in NSC 231 at 3:05 PM.

"A Random Walk to Graphene: The 2010 Nobel Prize Lecture in Physics"

Dr. Andrew Geim, University of Manchester

The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Andre Geim and Dr. Konstantin Novoselov, both of the University of Manchester, "for ground-breaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene."  Graphene, which was first isolated by Geim and Novoselov in 2001, is an ideal two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal structure--essentially an atomically thin layer of ordinary graphite.  Geim and Novoselov have not only characterized this remarkable material, but have also used it to construct novel electronic devices which may very well revolutionize integrated circuit technology.  
We will hear the Nobel Prize lecture delivered by Geim in Stockholm on December 8, 2010, which is not only an introduction to graphene but also a personal chronicle of events leading up to its discovery.