Visiting Nobel Laureate to Speak on Campus April 11

Apr. 11, 2012

Dr. Konstantin Novoselov, a professor and Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Manchester who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics, is visiting UT Dallas. 

The prize recognized groundbreaking experiments with a form of carbon called graphene.

Dr. Konstantin Novoselov

Dr. Konstantin Novoselov will advise administrators who are planning the next major engineering and science building at UT Dallas.

“Dr. Novoselov will be conferring with and advising our researchers in physics, chemistry, and materials science and engineering, and advising administrators who are beginning to plan the next major engineering and science building at UT Dallas, which was recently authorized by the UT System Board of Regents,” said Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, executive vice president and provost at UT Dallas. 

Novoselov will give a lecture appropriate for a general scientific audience from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102).

Novoselov and his colleague, Dr. Andre Geim, were the first to extract graphene from a piece of graphite similar to that found in an ordinary pencil. Using regular adhesive tape, they were able to obtain a two-dimensional flake of carbon with a thickness of just one atomic layer. 

Graphene consists of a sheet of carbon atoms joined together in a hexagonal pattern similar to chicken wire. The material is very thin, but also extremely strong, dense and transparent. It conducts both heat and electricity.

Novoselov’s research focuses in part on exploiting graphene’s unique physical properties to study aspects of physics not previously possible, including certain effects on the quantum level. He also is investigating graphene’s potential for a wide range of applications, from transparent touch screens and other innovative electronics to advanced composite materials used in airplanes and cars.


Media Contact: Amanda Siegfried, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4335, amanda.siegfried@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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