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Still in Its Infancy, Two-Dimensional Crystal Claims Prize

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Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 159
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6001.159

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This year's recipients of the Nobel Prize in physics earned that honor with the most wafer-thin of discoveries and with the help of some Scotch tape. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom share the prize for their discovery in 2004 of graphene, a one-atom-thick material made of carbon. Only a few years later, the material promises revolutionary advances in electronics and other technologies.

*With reporting by Daniel Clery.