Wonders in Carbon Flatland
Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau, University of California, Riverside
Question: what material is stronger than steel but softer than silk, transparent like plastics but conductive of heat or electricity like metals, Nobel prize-winning but is produced by every school kid? Answer: graphene. Since its experimental isolation on Si/SiO2 substrates in 2004 and the experimental observation of the anomalous “half-integer” quantum Hall effect, the single- or few- atomic layers of graphite has taken both the scientific and technological communities by storm. With its many amazing electrical, optical, thermal and mechanical properties, it has emerged as both a prototypical system for solid state physics research and a promising candidate for next generation of electronic materials. In this presentation I will discuss some of these properties and potential technologies enabled by this “wonder material”.
Background Review Articles:
Lau, Chun Ning, Wenzhong Bao, and Jairo Velasco. "Properties of suspended graphene membranes." Materials Today 15.6 (2012): 238-245.
Fuhrer, Michael S., Chun Ning Lau, and Allan H. MacDonald. "Graphene: materially better carbon." MRS bulletin 35.04 (2010): 289-295.
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