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Prof. Falko joins University of Manchester as Research Director

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Professor Vladimir Falko, one of the United Kingdom (UK) leading condensed matter theorists has joined The University of Manchester as Research Director for the National Graphene Institute (NGI), ITRealms reports

Falko who resumes on October 1, 2015will be responsible for developing the research strategy for the NGI, has made substantial contributions towards the understanding of electronic and optical properties of graphene, including the discovery of bilayergraphene. 

Graphene, is a thin layer of pure carbon; it is a single, tightly packed layer of carbon atoms that are bonded together in a hexagonal honeycomb lattice. In more complex terms, it is an allotrope of carbon in the structure of a plane of sp2 bonded atoms with a molecule bond length of 0.142 nanometres.

ITRealms gathered that Professor Falko began his career by studying for his PhD at the Institute for Solid State Physics RAS, and gained postdoctoral experience at Max-Planck-Institut in Stuttgart and Oxford University, followed by 20 years of service at Lancaster University where he was Distinguished Professor and Head of Theory Division. 

A fellow of the Institute of Physics, he has previously held an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant and in 2010 won the prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Foundation Research Merit Award.

Professor Falko said: ‘I am looking forward to working in the outstanding intellectual environment of The University of Manchester, where the research facilities of the NGI will form the platform for interdisciplinary collaborations between academics and for engagement with industry”. 

The University of Manchester, ITRealms learnt, has more than 230 researchers in graphene and 2D materials, led by Nobel laureates Sir Andre Geim and Sir KostyaNovoselov. The appointment of another world-class graphene academic, who has collaborated with the Nobel laureates for the recent decade, reinforces the University as the leading institution for graphene research in the world.  

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