Students Get A Science Lesson From Nobel Laureate

Students Get A Science Lesson From Nobel Laureate

Students had a rather unusual physics lesson this week. They were taught about graphene by one of the Nobel Prize winners who first isolated the incredible material. Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov invited students from the Academy to join him at the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester. The event was arranged by Co-op Group CEO Steve Murrells, who joined the young physicists. Students were treated to a lecture on the pioneering graphene research that goes on at The University of Manchester. The day continued with the students conducting individual experiments with the scientist in the multi-million pound facilities.

Frank Norris, Director of the Co-op Academies, said

“It isn’t every day that you get a lesson on a subject from the most knowledgeable person in the world; the day was incredible. It is through our links with the Co-op that students get these remarkable opportunities.”

Graphene is the thinnest material known to man at one atom thick, and also incredibly strong – about 200 times stronger than steel.

13 year-old Umar from the Academy said “Kostya Novoselov is a man who emanates genius, it was a great experience meeting him and spending time with him. To have this opportunity to meet a winner of the Nobel Prize is one I thought I would never have, and one I am extremely grateful for. I already loved science but he has inspired me to go further and be better than I could imagine.”

Graphene was isolated and its properties measured by Sir Konstantin and his colleague Sir Andre Geim in Manchester in 2004. Together they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. Previous winners of the award include Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.