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2010 Physics Nobel Prize Goes to Mono Carbon Layer

October 8, 2010

Few years ago, carbon nanotube was the superstar in physics. Every day there were reports on new application or wonderful properties on carbon nanotubes. So many that people were asking, “Is there anything that carbon nanotubes can’t do?” I even posted a little bit about the wonderfulness on carbon nanotube.

Like any superstar, the celebrity wouldn’t last forever.

When the graphene — a sheet of carbon mono-layer — came out later, it immediately grasped the attention of scientific community. Every now and then, we would be amazed by its unique properties, just like its predecessor. And this month, it landed on 2010 Physics Nobel Prize.

There are too many news articles about 2010 Physics Nobel Prize, so just pick up one newspapers you like. Here is the one from New York Times.

For more educational reading, check out “Graphene pioneers bag Nobel prize” from PhysicsWord.com (based on UK. They definitely are very proud of that). You can read the materials from two Nobel laureates in PDF (including the cousin of graphene — graphane, a sheet of two carbon mono layer). There is link to a video presentation, “Graphene — exploring carbon flatland“, given by Andre Geim in an IOP conference in 2008.

All papers published by Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov in IOP journals are now free to download, a courtesy from IOP Publishing.

(Above figure is from Physics World August 2009, p.28)

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