Graphene, a two-dimensional system of carbon chicken-wire, is the recent superstar of condensed matter physics.
Graphene is truly remarkable; it is the world's thinnest material (being only one atom thick), is the strongest measured, has the highest known thermal conductivity, and has a charge carrier mobility that outstrips silicon by two orders of magnitude.
Graphene's impressive electronic properties are due to its exotic relativistic nature and high structural quality.
The charge carriers in graphene travel unimpeded at room temperature over sub-micron distances and at speeds that are a fraction of the speed of light!
The impact of graphene has already been enormous with the 2010 Nobel Prize being awarded to Professors Geim and Novoselov for their pioneering research, which has led to their substantial contribution and stimulus in the field of graphene research.
In this presentation, I will recount the story behind the 2010 Nobel prize, and in doing so will introduce graphene, explaining its properties, significance and potential to revolutionise current technology. I will also give a personal account of this very beautiful system through the little window that is my own research.
The lecture will begin at 18:30. Coffee and biscuits will be served in the concourse from 18:00.