Tuesday, October 05, 2010
2010 Physics Nobel for graphene
The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov for graphene. Congratulations to them! Graphene, the single-atomic-layer limit of graphite, has been a very hot topic in consensed matter physics since late 2004, and I've posted about it here and here. There is no question that graphene is a very interesting material, and the possibility of serious technological applications looms large, but as Joerg Haber points out, overhype is a real danger. The prize is somewhat unusual in that it was very fast on the scale of these things. I also find it interesting that only the Manchester group was given the prize, given the impact of the work going on in this area at other places at around the same time (for example, take a look at the first few talks in this session I put together at the 2005 APS March Meeting). I do hope that those in the British scientific funding establishment take note that future prizes and innovations like this are at severe risk if research and educational funding cuts continue.
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 9:50 AM