Rice: Unconventional Wisdom
Lecture/Lecture Series
Physics & Astronomy
Speaker: Philip Kim
Columbia University

  Chapman Lecture - WONDER IN FLAT CARBON WORLD: Graphene
Thursday, November 5, 2009
4:00 PM  to 5:00 PM
Amphitheater  Herzstein Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Carbon based low-dimensional graphitic materials such as fullerenes and carbon nanotubes have been provided us opportunities to explore exotic and exciting science and potential technological applications in the past decades. Recently, there is a new addition of this nanoscaled carbon forms that refresh the research community. Graphene, a single atomic layer of graphite, offers a rich lode of novel fundamental physics and practical applications based on the flat carbon form. As the pure, flawless single atom thick crystal, graphene conducts electricity faster at room temperature than any other substance. While engineers envision a range of products made of graphene, such as ultrahigh-speed transistors and flat panel displays, physicists are finding the material enables them to test a theory of exotic phenomena previously thought to be observable only in black holes and high-energy particle accelerators. In this presentation I will discuss the brief history of graphene research and their implications in science and technology.

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