The book is a lucid introduction to the physics and potential applications of graphene, a material discovered in 2004 by Andre Geim and Kontstantin Novoselov (the two went on to win the 2010 Nobel Prize winners in physics for their discovery).
Graphene is a new paradigm of electronic materials, exemplary of a 2-D crystal made by single layer of graphite, just 0.34-nm thick and with atoms arranged in a hexagonal honeycomb structure. Gifted with exceptional carrier mobility and mechanical strength, graphene is hailed as the replacement of silicon, past Moore's law.
Requiring only basic quantum mechanics as a prerequisite, the book offers broad coverage—yet the treatment is deep and illuminating. It covers physics of the material, fabrication issues, electrical and mechanical properties as well as applications. In addition, the book concludes with an exhaustive final ten-page reference list.
Review by Silvano Donati, University of Pavia, Italy
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