Nobel Prize in Physics Spotlights Surprising Form of Carbon

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to two Russian-born physicists at the University of Manchester (England) for their work on a super-strong form of carbon called graphene.

Andre Geim, who is 51 will split the prize with Konstantin Novoselov, who is 36.

Graphene is essentially carbon in a flat lattice, but with a width of only one atom. Despite this, it has tremendous tensile strength, far more, ounce for ounce, than steel.

The substance could have many applications in electronics and engineering.

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