Konstantin Novoselov

Sir Konstantin Novoselov
Novoselov in 2013
  • Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov
  • Russian: Константи́н Серге́евич Новосёлов, IPA: [kənstɐnˈtʲin sʲɪrˈgʲejɪvʲɪtɕ nəvɐˈsʲɵləf]

(1974-08-23) 23 August 1974[1]
Nizhny Tagil, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Residence Manchester, England
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 manchester.ac.uk/research/konstantin.novoselov

Sir Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov FRS FRSC FInstP[5][3] (born 23 August 1974)[1] is a Russian physicist, and Langworthy Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester with Russian and British citizenship. His work on graphene with Andre Geim earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.[3][6][7][8][9][10][11]


Konstantin Novoselov was born in Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union, in 1974.[12] 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 in his lab

Novoselov has published more than 200[13] peer-reviewed research papers on several topics including mesoscopic superconductivity (Hall magnetometry),[14] subatomic movements of magnetic domain walls,[15] the discovery of gecko tape[16] and graphene.[17][18],[19]

Kostya Novoselov participated in the Graphene Flagship project[20] – a €1 billion initiative of the European Commission – and was featured in the official promotion movie of the project.[21]

Novoselov is one of Directors of the National Graphene Institute[22][23][24][25] and sits on the International Scientific Advisory Committee of Australia's Centre for Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies[26].

Novoselov is also a recipient of a starting grant[27] from the European Research Council.[28]

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)[29] and 2009 (5th place with 12 hot papers).[30]

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".[31]

Awards and honours

Peter Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides, Konstantin Novoselov, Andre Geim, Akira Suzuki, Ei-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]
  • 2008 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Prize, "for his contribution in the discovery of graphene and for pioneering studies of its extraordinary properties."[36]
  • 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Andre Geim, "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the material graphene."[7] Novoselov was the youngest Nobel laureate in physics since Brian Josephson in 1973, and in any field since Rigoberta Menchú (Peace) in 1992.
  • 2010 Knight Commander of the Order of the Netherlands Lion[37]
  • 2010 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (HonFRSC)[38]
  • 2010 Honorary Professor of Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • 2011 Honorary Doctorate from the University of Manchester
  • 2011 Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics (HonFInstP)[39]
  • 2011 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)[3]
  • 2011 W. L. Bragg Lecture Prize from the International Union of Crystallography "… for his work on two-dimensional atomic crystals”
  • 2012 Knight Bachelor in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to science.[40],[41]
  • 2012 Chosen among "Britain's 50 New Radicals" by NESTA and The Observer[42]
  • 2012 The Kohn Prize Lecture “…for development of new class of materials: two-dimensional atomic crystals”[43]
  • 2013 Appointed Langworthy Professor of Physics, University of Manchester
  • 2013 Leverhulme Medal (Royal Society) "…for revolutionary work on graphene, other two-dimensional crystals and their heterostructures that has great potential for a number of applications, from electronics to energy"[44]
  • 2013 Awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Manchester "for his groundbreaking work on graphene", see List of Freedom of the City recipients[45]
  • 2013 Elected a foreign member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences[46]
  • 2014 2nd place in the Discovery Section of the National Science Photography Competition.[47]
  • In 2014 Kostya Novoselov was included in a 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".[48]
  • In 2014 Kostya Novoselov was awarded the Onsager Medal.[49]
  • In 2016 Kostya Novoselov was awarded the Carbon Medal.[50]
  • In 2016 Kostya Novoselov was awarded the Dalton Medal.[51]

His certificate of election to the Royal Society in 2011 reads

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

Art involvement

Novoselov is known for his interest in art.[52] He practices in Chinese traditional drawing[53] and has been involved in several projects on modern art.[54] 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 Constable, Pablo Picasso, J. M. W. Turner, Thomas Girtin. He said that only microscopic amounts (flake size less than 100 micrometres) was extracted from each of the drawings.[54] In 2015 he participated in "in conversation" session with Douglas Gordon during Interdependence session at Manchester International Festival.[55]

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:

Novoselov is fond of Chinese calligraphy and drawing.[53] 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.[56] One of his paintings is now in the collection of President of China Xi Jinping.[57]

Kostya Novoselov led the academic team which overviewed the design, construction and launching of the National Graphene Institute.[58] He contributed with a number of unique architectural and technical solutions.[59] The veil of the National Graphene Institute depicts formulae from his and Prof. A. Geim early works on graphene.[60] Also, Kostya Novoselov confirms that among the formulae several scientific jokes are hidden, though he has never revealed them.[61]

Kostya Novoselov participated in Viennacontemporary in 2017[62], 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.[62]

Personal life

Novoselov holds both Russian and British citizenship.[63] He is married and has two daughters.[1] He is an agnostic.[64]


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