On the morning of April 16, 2019, Academician Konstantin Novoselov from the University of Manchester, winner of Nobel Prize in physics of 2010, visited Chongqing University upon invitation of the School of Aerospace Engineering and the Periodical Press. President Zhang Zongyi of Chongqing University met with the visitors at No. 1 Teaching Building. Yuan Wenquan, director of the Social Science Office and president of the Periodical Press, and Zeng Zhong, the vice president, Gao Xiang, deputy director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange, Hu Ning, dean of the School, and Professor Fu Shaoyun from the School, and Professor Tang Wenxin from the School of Materials Science and Engineering also attended the meeting.
Zhang Zongyi at first extended warm welcome to Academician Novoselov, and gave a view of the development history and current situation of Chongqing University. The two sides exchanged ideas on cooperation in areas such as graphene research, large-scale scientific device project and Nano Materials Science, an English academic journal run by Chongqing University. Academician Novoselov said it was delighted to be able to visit Chongqing University, adding that he was currently preparing to build the graphene research center in collaboration with the municipal government and that he was looking forward to cooperation with CQU.
After the meeting, Academician Novoselov attended the Engineering Science Frontier Forum sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering, and delivered an academic report titled Materials in the Flatland to more than 300 teachers and students at the Minzhuhu Lecture Hall. Hu Ning presided at the event.
Academician Novoselov pointed out in his speech that graphene is an important 2D crystalline material, and is also one of the materials known to have the highest strength. It has desirable toughness, heat conduction performance, electric conduction performance and light transmittance performance. Based on his latest research findings, Academician Novoselov presented vivid cases to explain the broad application prospects of graphene in areas such as energy, automobiles, composites, biomedicine, sensor and electronic devices. He added that what made graphene so special was that it led us into the world of 2D materials. Research of 2D structure materials would result in combination of different material characteristics, and would allow us to create all-new heterogeneous structural materials and bring more possibilities for the future of human beings.
After the report, Academician Novoselov exchanged ideas with the teachers and students with respect to issues such as preparation of heterogeneous structural materials and measurement of material performance. The discussion had been an enthusiastic one.
During the visit of Academician Novoselov, all teachers and students of CQU were able to appreciate the charm of such as top international scholar at a close distance. His visit also laid a solid foundation for future cooperation with Chongqing University, and contributed to the “Double-First-Rate” construction.
Academician Konstantin Novoselov was born in August 1974 in Russia and graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen. He is currently a professor of the University of Manchester, an FRS, and a chief scientist of the National Graphene Institute of the UK, as well as an expert in condensed state physics, microphysics and nanotechnology. Academician Novoselov won the 2010 Nobel Prize in physics together with his supervisor Andre Geim, and was ennobled in 2012. By now, he has published more than 270 academic papers, with 120,000 citations, and 20,000 annual average citations. The number of one-paper citations exceeded 25,000.