Graphene: Magic of Flat Carbon

Professor Andre Geim, FRS, Director, Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Manchester

Friday 11 June 2010, 1400-1530
Lecture Theatre 4, Management School Building

Professor Andre Geim, FRS Professor Andre Geim, FRS

Graphene - single atomic plane pulled out of graphite - is a wonder material. It has many superlatives to its name. It is the thinnest material in the universe and the strongest one ever measured.

Its charge carriers exhibit the highest intrinsic mobility, have zero effective mass and can travel micron distances without scattering at room temperature.

Graphene can sustain current densities a million times higher than that of copper, shows record thermal conductivity and stiffness, is impermeable to gases and reconciles such conflicting qualities as brittleness and ductility.

Electrons in graphene behave in such a way that this allows the investigation of relativistic quantum phenomena in a bench-top experiment.

Andre Geim will overview his work on graphene concentrating on its fascinating electronic and optical properties and speculate about future applications.

Professor Andre Geim, FRS

Andre Geim is the Langworthy Professor of Physics, Royal Society (2010 Anniversary) Research Professor, and Director of The Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology at The University of Manchester.

Among various honors he has received are the Mott Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, UK, the EuroPhysics Prize, the Körber European Science Award and the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science given by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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