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Graphene Expert with Ties to Nobel Winners Available for Interviews

Alexander Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering, has worked with the winners of the 2010 Nobel prize in physics

(October 5, 2010)

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Alexander Balandin

MEDIA ADVISORY: Today, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work with graphene, a one-atom thick flake of ordinary carbon that has many unusual and extraordinary properties. Geim and Novoselov were the first who mechanically separated individual atomic layers of graphene and investigated their electrical and optical properties.

Graphene is the thinnest and strongest substance ever discovered. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences press release stated that “As a conductor of electricity it performs as well as copper. As a conductor of heat it outperforms all other known materials.” The thermal properties of graphene are the focus of research by Alexander Balandin, a professor of electrical engineering and chair of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering. The superior intrinsic thermal conductivity of graphene was discovered in Balandin lab in 2008 and later explained by him and his co-workers theoretically. His research has shown graphene has the potential to keep laptops and other electronic devices from overheating.

Balandin attended the same Russian university – Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology - as Geim and Novoselov. All three are native Russians. Balandin is cooperating with the Manchester group on thermal properties, and co-chairing with Geim a Symposium on Functional Two-Dimensional Layered Materials, which will be held during the Materials Research Society meeting in San Francisco in April 2011. Novoselov will be an invited speaker at this symposium.

Balandin can be reached at 951-827-2351 or at balandin@ee.ucr.edu.

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