Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Today it has been announced that Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov will receive the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 for their remarkable experiments with graphene. Graphene is compound consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms (bonded as seen in the image above). It can be described as large polyaromatic planar molecule. Graphene has several interesting properties, for example:
  • It is the thinnest and strongest compound. It has a breaking strength 200 times higher than steel.
  • It conducts electricity just as well as copper
  • It does not let gasmolecules pass
Graphene is expected to be an important compound in development of new and improved transistors and other electronics applications. Furthermore, it is expected to be useful in the new field of spintronics.

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