Konstantin Novoselov


Konstantin Novoselov

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Sir Konstantin Novoselov
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Novoselov in 2013
Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov

23 August 1974 (age 45)[1]

Nationality Russia and United Kingdom[2]
Alma mater
Known for graphene
Spouse(s) Irina Barbolina[1]


Scientific career
Fields Solid-state physics
Thesis Development and Applications of Mesoscopic Hall Microprobes (2004)
Doctoral advisor
Website www.eng.nus.edu.sg/mse/staff/novoselov-konstantin-sergeevich

Sir Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov FRS FRSC FInstP[5][3] (RussianКонстанти́н Серге́евич НовосёловIPA: [kənstɐnʲˈtʲin sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ nəvɐˈsʲɵləf]; born 23 August 1974)[1] is a Russian-British physicist, and a Professor at the Centre for Advanced 2D MaterialsNational University of Singapore.[6] He is also the Langworthy Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. His work on graphene with Andre Geim earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.[3][7][8][9]


Konstantin Novoselov was born in Nizhny TagilSoviet Union, in 1974.[10] He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with a MSc degree in 1997,[1] and was awarded a PhD from the Radboud University of Nijmegen in 2004[4] for work supervised by Andre Geim.

Konstantin Novoselov uses the nickname “Kostya”.[11]


Konstantin Novoselov in his lab

Novoselov has published 336[12] peer-reviewed research papers on several topics including mesoscopic superconductivity (Hall magnetometry) as of June 22, 2018,[13] subatomic movements of magnetic domain walls,[14] the discovery of gecko tape[15] and graphene.[16][17],[18]

Kostya Novoselov participated in the Graphene Flagship project[19] – a €1 billion initiative of the European Commission – and was featured in the official promotion movie of the project.[20]

Novoselov is one of Directors of the National Graphene Institute[21][22][23][24] and sits on the International Scientific Advisory Committee of Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies.[25]

Novoselov is also a recipient of a starting grant[26] from the European Research Council.[27]

Kostya Novoselov made it into a shortlist of scientists with multiple hot papers for the years 2007–2008 (shared second place with 13 hot papers)[28] and 2009 (5th place with 12 hot papers).[29]

In 2014 Kostya Novoselov was included in the list of the most highly cited researchers. He was also named among the 17 hottest researchers worldwide—”individuals who have published the greatest number of hot papers during 2012–2013″.[30]

Novoselov joined the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Advanced 2D Materials in 2019, making him the first Nobel laureate to join a Singaporean university.[6][31]

Awards and honours[edit]

Peter DiamondDale T. MortensenChristopher A. Pissarides, Konstantin Novoselov, Andre GeimAkira SuzukiEi-ichi Negishi, and Richard Heck, Nobel Prize Laureates 2010, at a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

  • 2007 Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize “to promote and recognise the novel work of young scientists working in the fields of Low Temperatures and/or High Magnetic Fields.”[32]
  • 2008 Technology Review-35 Young Innovator[33]
  • 2008 University of Manchester Researcher of the Year.
  • 2008 Europhysics Prize, jointly with Geim, “for discovering and isolating a single free-standing atomic layer of carbon (graphene) and elucidating its remarkable electronic properties.”[34],[35]

His certificate of election to the Royal Society in 2011 reads

Kostya Novoselov’s research interests cover a wide range of topics from mesoscopic superconductivity and ferromagnetism to materials science and biophysics. He studied vortex structures in mesoscopic superconductors, observed atomic-scale movements of ferromagnetic walls, monitored heartbeats of individual bacteria and mimicked gecko’s adhesion mechanism. His breakthrough moment was the discovery of graphene. Novoselov is now widely recognised to be one of the pioneers in this field (as a number of international awards prove) and, together with Prof Geim FRS, leads research on various applications of this new material ranging from electronics, photonics, composite materials, chemistry, etc. Prof. Novoselov is strongly committed to disseminating science through public lectures and media interviews.[3]

Novoselov while painting at the residence of Chinese Consul General Li in Manchester.

National Graphene Institute[edit]

Novoselov led the academic team which overviewed the design, construction and launching of the National Graphene Institute.[55] He contributed with a number of unique architectural and technical solutions.[56] The veil of the National Graphene Institute depicts formulae from his and Prof. A. Geim early works on graphene.[57] Also, Novoselov confirms that among the formulae several scientific jokes are hidden, though he has never revealed them.[58]

He co-authored a book on the architecture of the National Graphene Institute.[59]

Other projects[edit]

In 2018, in a project of exploration of the archives of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, Prof. Novoselov helped Prof. Tim O’Brian to transcribe radio transmission (most possibly simulated instrument reading) from the Soviet Zond 6 received by radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in November 1968.[60],[61]

Art involvement[edit]

Novoselov is known for his interest in art.[62] He practices in Chinese traditional drawing[63] and has been involved in several projects on modern art.[64] Thus, in February 2015 he combined forces with Cornelia Parker to create a display for the opening of the Whitworth Art Gallery. Cornelia Parker’s meteorite shower firework (pieces of meteorites loaded in firework) was launched by Novoselov breathing on graphene gas sensor (which changed the resistance of graphene due to doping by water vapour). Graphene was obtained through exfoliation of graphite which was extracted from a drawing of William Blake. Novoselov suggested that he also exfoliated graphite obtained from the drawings of other prominent artists: John ConstablePablo PicassoJ. M. W. TurnerThomas Girtin. He said that only microscopic amounts (flake size less than 100 micrometres) was extracted from each of the drawings.[64] In 2015 he participated in “in conversation” session with Douglas Gordon during Interdependence session at Manchester International Festival.[65]

He also participates in discussions on the relation between art and science. Novoselov believes that artists and scientists both rely on curiosity, willingness to learn and imagination:

Artists and scientists both think outside the box. They’ve got to come with genius experiments or ideas to expose the most interesting phenomena. Later, they’ve got to diverge a little bit because scientists will start to look at the common elements between many of the phenomena to describe the most general law, and artists will probably try to study individuals rather than the crowd as a whole. But we’re just two sides of the same medal.[64]

Novoselov is fond of Chinese calligraphy and drawing.[63] He learned it from a prominent Chinese artist Zheng Shenglong. Nine ink paintings by Prof. Novoselov were shown at the exhibition “Britain Through the Eyes of a Chinese Diplomat” at the University of Leeds.[66] One of his paintings is now in the collection of President of China Xi Jinping.[67]

Novoselov participated in Viennacontemporary in 2017,[68] where 5 of his works have been presented by RDI.Creative gallery. The paintings presented a range of topics, from the very traditional Chinese paintings to landscapes to contemporary subjects. It is claimed that graphene ink has been used in at least some of those paintings.[68]

Personal life[edit]

Novoselov holds both Russian and British citizenship.[69] He is married and has two daughters.[1] He is an agnostic.[70]