Research on graphene is hotter than ever since professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 for their groundbreaking experiments on graphene. This one-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms which can be visualized as an atomic scale chicken wire is the thinnest existing material and has extraordinary properties. Because of this, graphene seems very useful for innovative electronics, the automotive and aerospace industry and research on quantum physics.
Lieven Vandersypen is professor Quantum Mechanics (Delft University of Technology) and member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and has been working on graphene since 2005. He will tell us why graphene was only discovered in 2004, what makes it such a unique material, what it can be used for already and the promising possibilities in the future.