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2010 Nobel Prize winner Andre Geim to discuss 'wonder material' at U of M lecture on May 2

Geim will discuss his road to the discovery of graphene

April 17, 2013

The so-called wonder material—graphene—is a one-atom-thick material made of carbon that has unique properties as a conductor of electricity and is 100 times stronger than steel. Yet, it was discovered with little more than a lump of graphite and a roll of scotch tape.

2010 Nobel Prize winner in physics Andre Geim will share his story about his discovery of graphene in a special lecture entitled "A Random Walk to Graphene" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the University of Minnesota Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150, 116 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. The lecture is hosted by the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University’s College of Science and Engineering as part of the annual Van Vleck Lecture Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be streamed live online at

About the speaker:
Andre Geim is the Royal Society and Langworthy Research Professor at the University of Manchester. He is the Director of Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology. He has received many international awards and distinctions, including medals from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society and honorary doctorates from Delft University and ETH Zurich. Most notably, he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work on graphene.

About the Van Vleck lecture series:
The 37th Annual Van Vleck lecture is hosted by the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering in memory of former faculty member and Nobel Laureate John H. Van Vleck. Since 1983, the Van Vleck lecture series has brought distinguished scientists to the University. For more information, visit

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Nobel Prize winner Andre Geim will speak at the U on Thursday, May 2

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