Posted on 18/10/2010
Professor Victor Petrashov, of the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London is delighted that two of the students he taught and mentored have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2010.
Professor Petrashov taught Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov at The Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High Purity Materials in Chernogolovka, Moscow district, between 1979 and 1990 and 1994 and 1996.
Professor Petrashov, who joined the College in 1996, describes his former students as extremely talented. They both took the quantum physics and metallic nanoelectronics concepts they had learnt from Professor Petrashov and developed them to graphene-based nano-devices. Graphene is an atomically thin form of carbon and the academics have shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties.
As a conductor of electricity graphene performs as well as copper, and as a conductor of heat it also out performs all other known materials. It is almost completely transparent, yet so dense that not even the smallest gas atom can pass through it and it is much stronger than steel.
“Their research had such a huge impact that I knew they would get recognition for it but I thought it would come later in their career. It is fantastic news for the whole laboratory”, Professor Petrashov said.
Andre and Konstantin have visited Professor Petrashov at Royal Holloway and he continues to be a close friend of both.