His dark materials: Andre Geim and graphene

Judging by the interview I heard on Radio 2 last night, Professor Andre Geim is one reluctant science star. Recalcitrant would be one word for his level of engagement. Still, being one of them gold-plated egghead boffins, he should have realised that you can’t go around discovering the thinnest material ever, giving it a snappy name like graphene and then winning Nobel prizes on account of this without someone wanting to come round and have a word. As it happens, E&T did just that two years ago – check out our interview with Prof Geim from the E&T archive.

Professor Andre Geim, co-inventor of graphene
Yes, yes, I invented graphene, now get out of my laboratory

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