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As mentioned in an earlier post, I will be highlighting all of the 2010 Nobel Prize winners throughout the following months. This entry is for Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov who jointly won the Physics prize for their isolation of graphene.
My own achievements in math and science ended in 8th grade. I was a chronic cheater throughout high school and never would have graduated otherwise.
So, this is my humble understanding of what these two men achieved.
In 2004 Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov took some scotch tape to graphite and became the first people to isolate a one-atom thick layer, which is called graphene.
Graphene is “a honeycomb sheet of carbon atoms just one atom thick….Thanks to its two-dimensionality and to the symmetry and strength of its lattice, graphene has a host of fascinating electronic properties.”
It is possible that it will replace silicon in order to create faster more powerful electronics.
Apparently it is a better conductor than copper and is stronger than diamonds.
Samsung has already plotted to make a flexible touch-screen with it.
It is a "micro-laboratory" for quantum physicists and will play an important part in our further understanding of the universe and in the development of technology.
And with that, my head is already hurting.