Russians Konstantin Novoselov and Andrey Geim have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their discovery of the atom-thick sheets of carbon called graphene.
So far the biggest obstacles to using graphene (and its sibling materials like the carbon nanotubes, which is basically a sheet of graphene folded into a tube) are their astounding cost, as well as the lack of technology to produce wafers with a big area. The largest wafer yet created is 75cm across.
Both Novoselov and Geim are now professors at the University of Manchester.
Interestingly, Geim received a “similar” award back in 2000. His work on levitation of frogs was awarded the Ig Nobel prize.
|Konstantin Novoselov. Source: Vostock photo|
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