Andre Geim

Andre Geim

2010 Nobel Prize in Physics

Sir Andre Geim is Regius Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester. Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with Konstantin Novoselov "for ground-breaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene.

Education and Work Experience

  • 1987, PhD from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chernogolovka, Russia
  • 1987-1990, Research Scientist at the Institute for Microelectronics Technology, Chernogolovka
  • 1990-1994, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universities of Nottingham, Bath and Copenhagen
  • 1994-2000, Associate Professor, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 2001-2007, Professor of Physics, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2007-2013, Langworthy Professor of Physics, University of Manchester
  • Since 2013, Regius Professor of Physics, University of Manchester
Honors and Awards

    • 2011, Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • 2012, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences
    • 2013, Copley Medal, the Royal Society

Major Academic Achievements

In 2004 Geim, Novoselov, and colleagues succeeded in isolating graphene, a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon found in a hexagonal lattice. Graphene is an extremely good conductor of electricity and may surpass silicon to form the next generation of computer chips. Graphene is also almost totally transparent, so it could be an ideal material for touch screens and solar cells. Thomson-Reuters repeatedly named him among the world’s most active scientists and attributed to him three new research fronts - diamagnetic levitation, gecko tape and graphene.