Thursday, October 28, 2010

Graphene & the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010

The 2010 Nobel prize in physics was awarded to the founders of one atom thick carbon lattice. Graphene is honeycomb crystal structure made from Carbon atoms. While normally Carbon tends to make four bonds here the one atom thick carbon structure makes only 3 atomic bonds. This results a good conductivity on the 2 dimensional plane. While a one plane of this structure has a thickness of 0.335nm and it results to have 3 million sheets of these structure to make 1mm thickness.
 The Nobel price winning founders of this Graphene are two times Nobel price winner Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov. Andre has won Nobel price before for elevating a frog on the space by manipulating the magnetic fields. And he has published a paper related to it with having his hamster as his co-author.

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