Graphene Scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won Nobel Prize 2010 in Physics

By on Oct 5, 2010 in Europe, Science, World Comments

Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, both originally from Russia, won the Nobel Prize 2010 in Physics, the Nobel Prize committee announced on the their website today.

The pair scientists were awarded at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, for their “groundbreaking” experiments with the two-dimensional material graphene, which made possible experiments that can give new twists to the phenomena in Quantum Physics.

Graphene, which is just one carbon atom thick and considered as the thinnest material in the world, may eventually lead to the development of new material for future electronics, the report said.

This includes graphene transistors which are expected to become much faster than today’s silicon ones and yield more efficient computers.

“Playfulness is one of their hallmarks, one always learns something in the process and, who knows, you may even hit the jackpot,” the committee said.

Geim, 51, and Novoselov, 36, both professors in University of Manchester in England won the prize of 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.5 million).

On Monday, Robert Edwards, the father of the test-tube babies, won the Nobel Prize 2010 in Physiology or Medicine.



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