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Professor Vladimir Falko

Vladimir Falko, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Director of the NGI
Vladimir Falko, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Director of the NGI

Professor Falko is one of the UK's leading condensed matter theorists. He has made substantial contributions towards the understanding of the electronic and optical properties of graphene, including the discovery of bilayer graphene.

He has played a pivotal role in shaping the European graphene and other two-dimensional material research community, 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 of the Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training programme, based at The University of Manchester.

The science and technology of two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures, which is the focus of the National Graphene Institute (NGI), is a fast-growing and fertile field of research that 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.

Vladimir's research interests include:

  • graphene and related two-dimensional atomic crystals: electronic transport and optical properties;
  • heterostructures of two-dimensional atomic materials (graphene-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.