Graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over one hundred times compared with current technologies, University of Manchester research indicates.
Prof Vladimir Falko
Professor of Theoretical Physics, Research Director of the NGI
Theory of the physical properties of graphene and 2D materials; Nanoelectronics.
Science and technology of two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures, which will be the focus of the National Graphene Institute (NGI), is a fast-growing fertile field of research which offers both surprising scientific discoveries and prospects for immediate applications.
The role of NGI, as a research platform, will be to help my colleagues at Manchester, across the UK and from 150 partners of the European Graphene Flagship to shorten the path from exciting ideas to their practical realisations and delivery of new technologies to the UK/EU high-technology industry sector.
Professor Falko is one of the UK's leading condensed matter theorists, who has made substantial contributions towards the understanding of electronic and optical properties of graphene, including the discovery of bilayer graphene.
He has played a pivotal role in shaping the European research community in graphene and other two-dimensional materials, establishing the 'Graphene Week' conference series and leading the European Graphene Flagship work package: 'Fundamental Science of Graphene and 2D Materials Beyond Graphene'. He is also Co-Director for the Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training programme, based at The University of Manchester.
Vladimir's research interests include:
- graphene and related two-dimensional atomic atomic crystals: electronic transport and optical properties;
- heterostructures of two-dimensional atomic materials (grapheen-hBN, etc);
- strongly correlated states of electrons in two-dimensional materials, quantum Hall effect;
- fundamentals of nanoelectronics, spintronics, and nano-electro-mechanical systems;
- quantum optics and optical properties of semiconductor quantum dots.