Konstantin Novoselov shares the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics with Andre Geim "for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene". This new material has surprising and unique properties. Possible applications include electronics, optics and energy storage.
He marries Irina Barbolina, a PhD in microbiology. The couple has two daughters.
He takes specialized courses and starts PhD work at one of the research institute bases of Phystech, the Institute of Microelectronics Technology in Chernogolovka: This is a small town in the middle of a forest, with a dozen research institutes.
Konstantin Novoselov is born in Nishny Tagil, a middle-sized industrial city in the Ural Mountains in Russia. A factory in the city produces railway carriages and tanks. Through his father, he learns technical skills like lathing, milling and welding. He spends a few hours after school each day to do 'research' such as looking for gunpowder recipes or casting metals.
In 1999, he gets the opportunity to go to the Netherlands. He starts his PhD work in the high magnetic field laboratory in Nijmegen, supervised by Andre Geim.
He enters the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (“Phystech”) in 1991 and graduates with a MSc degree in 1997. He chooses the Faculty of Physical and Quantum Electronics and experiences a combination of the highest standards of education, tough living conditions with regular blackouts and a very intense curriculum. In 1993, he participates in the October Putsch in Moscow. But as a consequence, he decides that his revolutions would be in physics instead of in politics.
In 2001, Andre Geim moves to Manchester and Novoselov joins him there. The team works on many projects, including superconductivity, magnetism of water and gecko tape. The team finds a simple way to produce graphene (thin films of graphite that consist of a single layer of atoms) and investigates its remarkable properties. Novoselov is now a professor of physics in the mesoscopic physics research group at the University of Manchester, and director of its National Graphene Institute.