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Russian Scientists Won The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 for Graphene

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Posted by: Quintura @ 09:32 [6. 10. 10]

Two Russian scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 for their discovery of Graphene, a highly efficient conductor of heat and electricity. 2010 Nobel Laureates in Physics Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, who have Dutch and U.K. citizenship, respectively, work in the University of Manchester, UK. The prize amount is SEK 10 million to be shared equally between the Nobel Laureates.

2010 Nobel Laureates in Physics have been working together for a long time. Konstantin Novoselov, 36 years old, first worked with Andre Geim, 51 years old, as a PhD-student in the Netherlands. He subsequently followed Geim to the United Kingdom. Both of them originally studied and began their careers as physicists in Russia. Now they are both professors at the University of Manchester.

Graphene is a form of carbon, thin two-dimensional material discovered in 2004 by Professor Andre Geim’s research group at the University of Manchester.

Ultra-thin sheets of carbon atoms (Graphene) has substantial price and performance advantages over carbon-based nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes. The market for graphene will expand from $0.2 million in 2009 to $59 million in 2015 with potential to impact $53 billion of intemediate products, according to Lux Research.

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