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Published: 05 Oct, 2010

Umeå physicists make environmentally-friendly lighting with 'Nobel' material

NEWS This year's Nobel Laureates in Physics work with graphene, a form of carbon that is not only the thinnest, but the strongest ever. With the help of this super material, physicists at Umeå University have produced a new type of lighting component that will make lighting cheap and fully recyclable.

The research group is led by Ludvig Edman, professor at the Department of Physics. Earlier this year, they presented the results that make it possible, for example, to produce glowing wallpaper made entirely of plastic. Read more at:
There are additional research groups at the Department of Physics that work with materials that have an association with graphene.

Alexandr Talyzin has investigated the properties of carbon material graphite oxide in several research studies. His research group has found a range of new phenomena for graphite oxide at high pressure conditions. This gives additional possibilities to develop new composite graphene-related materials using high pressure treatment and to modify graphite oxide chemically. Read more at:

Thomas Wågberg and Bertil Sundqvist focus their research on various forms of nano-structured carbon, also known as carbon nanotubes.. A single-walled nanotube can be visualised as a rolled up a graphene sheet and knowledge therefore important to better understand the carbon nanotubes. Many properties of carbon nanotubes can be derived from properties of the grapheme sheet. Depending on how the grapheme sheet is rolled up into a cylinder, carbon nanotubes can have very different and special features.Read more about their research

The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2010 has been awarded to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, both at University of Manchester, UK “for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene”.Read more about their work at:

For more information, please contact:Ludvig EdmanProfessor of Physics at Umeå UniversityPhone: +46 (0)90-7865732 (work)Mobile: +46 (0)70-2321240

Alexandr TalyzinReader (Associate Professor) at the Department of Physics, Umeå UniversityPhone: +46 (0)90-786 63 20

Thomas WågbergSenior Lecturer at the Department of Physics, Umeå University Phone: + 46 (0)90-786 59 93

Editor: Karin Wikman