Graphene Nobel Laureate to reveal insights in back-to-back lectures

Nobel Laureate Professor Kostya Novoselov will be giving two talks next week to share his insights and inspirations – including his role in helping to design the iconic National Graphene Institute, one of the most advanced nanoscience labs ever built.

Kostya will be participating in the ‘Lockdown Lectures’, a series of talks hosted by The University of Manchester to give high-profile academics the opportunity to reveal what inspired them to pursue their research interests.

Kostya’s talk will be at 12:00 BST on Wednesday, 27 May and he will be interviewed by Megan Ritchie, a third-year Politics and International Relations student at Manchester.

The ‘Lockdown Lectures’ are part of the University’s COVID-19 campaign which aims to highlight the impact of Manchester research, teaching and social responsibility activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Other notable Manchester figures taking part in this special lecture series include physicist Professor Brian Cox and radio-frequency engineer Professor Danielle George. You can join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #lockdownlectures or view previous lectures.

The science of architecture

Also, in the same week, Kostya will be giving a separate talk to explain why the National Graphene Institute (NGI) is so important from both architectural and scientific standpoints.

The webinar, entitled The Architecture of Science – Experiencing the Precise, is scheduled for Tuesday, 26 May, 10:00 BST, and is primarily aimed at architecture students at Manchester and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Registration is free.

The National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester, pictured at night

The talk will focus on the National Graphene Institute (NGI, pictured right), a £61million purpose-built facility at The University of Manchester, which is home to academic-led research and innovation around graphene and related 2D materials. The talk coincides with the NGI’s five-year anniversary.

The NGI is considered one of the most advanced nanoscience labs ever built and is an example of a new generation of scientific buildings. Its unique design, says Kostya, “combines the analysis of distinctive design features with ethnographic observations of how scientists and other occupants use the building”.

Kostya will be joined by leading architect and researcher Professor Lam Khee Poh - who led the development of Singapore’s first new-build net zero energy building located at NUS - to discuss the human experience of architectural spaces.

Find out more about the NGI on the Graphene@Manchester website.

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