Konstantin Sergeyevich Novoselov, who is a professor at the University of Manchester, School of Physics & Astronomy, and a 2010 Nobel Physics Prize winner, delivered a lecture at Graphene Workshop.
The workshop, which was organized by Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), took place from Jan 17 to 18, 2011, in Tsukuba City, Japan.
In an interview conducted by Nikkei Electronics after the lecture, he said, "I am surprised by the wide application of graphene and the fact that it is being developed at a speed faster than expected."
Asked about the 30-inch (diagonal length: about 76cm) graphene sheet that was jointly announced by SungKyunKwan University of Korea and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in June 2010, Novoselov said, "We are developing it in collaboration with Samsung and others. We obtained a sample of the graphene sheet from them, and we are using it for validations and experiments." Many Japanese researchers only half believed the announcement.
"I heard that they recently succeeded in making a 40-inch (diagonal length: about 102cm) or larger graphene sheet," he added.