If you’ve ever drawn with a pencil, you’ve probably made graphene. The world’s thinnest material is set to revolutionise almost every part of everyday life. Fascination with this material stems from its remarkable physical properties and the potential applications these properties offer for the future. Although scientists knew one atom thick, two-dimensional crystal graphene existed, no-one had worked out how to extract it from graphite.
The scotch tape method
That was until it was isolated in 2004 by two Russian-born researchers at The University of Manchester, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov using the scotch tape method.
Six years after their groundbreaking isolation of graphene, Andre and Kostya were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics for this work, becoming the 24th and 25th Nobel Laureates in the University’s history.
Here is a short but very clever introduction to Graphene. Credit: The Simple Show and Mr.G via Manchester Uni.