Konstantin Novoselov

This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Sergeevich and the family name is Novoselov.
Sir Konstantin Novoselov
  • 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]
Fields Solid-state physics
Alma mater
Thesis Development and Applications of Mesoscopic Hall Microprobes (2004)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students
  • Liam Britnell[4]
  • Recep Zan[5]
Known for graphene
Notable awards
Spouse Irina Barbolina[1]

Sir Konstantin Sergeevich Novoselov FRS FRSC FInstP[7][6] (born 23 August 1974)[1] is a Russian-British physicist, and Langworthy Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. His work on graphene with Andre Geim earned them the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010.[6][8][9][10][11][12][13]


Konstantin Novoselov was born in Nizhny Tagil, Soviet Union, in 1974.[14] 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[3] for work supervised by Andre Geim.


Konstantin Novoselov in his lab

Novoselov has published more than 200[15] peer-reviewed research papers on several topics including mesoscopic superconductivity (Hall magnetometry),[16] subatomic movements of magnetic domain walls,[17] the discovery of gecko tape[18] and graphene.[19][20],[21]

Kostya Novoselov participated in the Graphene Flagship project[22] – a €1 billion initiative of the European Commission – and was featured in the official promotion movie of the project.[23]

Novoselov is one of Directors of the National Graphene Institute.[24][25][26][27]

Novoselov is also a recipient of a starting grant[28] from the European Research Council.[29]

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)[30] and 2009 (5th place with 12 hot papers).[31]

In 2014 Kostya Novoselov was included in the list of the most highly cited researchers. He was also named among the 17 hottest researchers world-wide—"individuals who have published the greatest number of hot papers during 2012–2013".[32]

Awards and honours

His certificate of election to the Royal Society in 2011 reads

Kostya Novoselov's research interests cover a wide range of topics from mesoscopic superconductivity and ferromagnetism to materials science and biophysics. He studied vortex structures in mesoscopic superconductors, observed atomic-scale movements of ferromagnetic walls, monitored heartbeats of individual bacteria and mimicked gecko's adhesion mechanism. His breakthrough moment was the discovery of graphene. Novoselov is now widely recognised to be one of the pioneers in this field (as a number of international awards prove) and, together with Prof Geim FRS, leads research on various applications of this new material ranging from electronics, photonics, composite materials, chemistry, etc. Prof. Novoselov is strongly committed to disseminating science through public lectures and media interviews.[6]
Novoselov while painting at the residence of Chinese Consul General Li in Manchester.

Art involvement

Novoselov is known for his interest in art. 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.[55] In 2015 he participated in "in conversation" session with Douglas Gordon during Interdependence session at Manchester International Festival.[56]

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:

Artists and scientists both think outside the box. They've got to come with genius experiments or ideas to expose the most interesting phenomena. Later, they've got to diverge a little bit because scientists will start to look at the common elements between many of the phenomena to describe the most general law, and artists will probably try to study individuals rather than the crowd as a whole. But we're just two sides of the same medal. [57]

Novoselov is fond of Chinese calligraphy and drawing.[58] 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.[59] One of his paintings is now in the collection of President of China Xi Jinping.[60]

Kostya Novoselov led the academic team which overviewed the design, construction and launching of the National Graphene Institute.[61] He contributed with a number of unique architectural and technical solutions.[62] The veil of the National Graphene Institute depicts formulae from his and Prof. A. Geim early works on graphene.[63] Also, Kostya Novoselov confirms that among the formulae several scientific jokes are hidden, though he has never revealed them.[64]

Personal life

Novoselov holds both Russian and British citizenship.[65] He is married and has two daughters.[1] He is an agnostic.[66]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 NOVOSELOV, Sir Konstantin S. Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.(subscription required)
  2. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2010 Press Release. Nobelprize.org (2010-10-05). Retrieved on 2011-12-31.
  3. 1 2 Novoselov, Konstantin S. (2004). Development and applications of mesoscopic hall microprobes (PhD thesis). Radboud University Nijmegen. ISBN 9090183663
  4. Britnell, Liam Richard (2013). Electronic transport properties of graphene-based heterostructures (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  5. Zan, Recep (2013). Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Graphene: Atomic Scale Structure and Interaction with Foreign Atom Species (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  6. 1 2 3 4 5 "Certificate of Election EC/2011/34: Kostya Novoselov". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11.
  7. New Year Honours 2012 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/30_12_11newyears2012.pdf
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  12. "Dr. Kostya Novoselov". University of Manchester, Mesoscopic Physics Research Group. Retrieved 2010-10-05.
  13. Room-temperature electric field effect and carrier-type inversion in graphene films arXiv:cond-mat/0410631 (The paper announcing the discovery of graphene)
  14. Overbye, Dennis (5 October 2010), "Physics Nobel Honors Work on Ultra-Thin Carbon Film.", New York Times
  15. Kostya Novoselov G-9581-2014 ResearcherID
  16. Geim, A. K.; Dubonos, S. V.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Novoselov, K. S.; Peeters, F. M.; Schweigert, V. A. (2000). "Non-quantized penetration of magnetic field in the vortex state of superconductors". Nature. 407 (6800): 55–57. arXiv:cond-mat/0009126Freely accessible. Bibcode:2000Natur.407...55G. doi:10.1038/35024025. PMID 10993068.
  17. Novoselov, K. S.; Geim, A. K.; Dubonos, S. V.; Hill, E. W.; Grigorieva, I. V. (2003). "Subatomic movements of a domain wall in the Peierls potential". Nature. 426 (6968): 812–816. arXiv:cond-mat/0312631Freely accessible. Bibcode:2003Natur.426..812N. doi:10.1038/nature02180. PMID 14685231.
  18. Geim, A. K.; Dubonos, S. V.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Novoselov, K. S.; Zhukov, A. A.; Shapoval, S. Y. (2003). "Microfabricated adhesive mimicking gecko foot-hair" (PDF). Nature Materials. 2 (7): 461–463. Bibcode:2003NatMa...2..461G. doi:10.1038/nmat917. PMID 12776092.
  19. "From Nanomatierial to Global Expansion". http://www.graphene.manchester.ac.uk/explore/the-story-of-graphene/from-nanomaterial-to-global-explosion/. The University of Manchester. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  20. Geim, A. K.; Novoselov, K. S. (2007). "The rise of graphene". Nature Materials. 6 (3): 183–191. Bibcode:2007NatMa...6..183G. doi:10.1038/nmat1849. PMID 17330084.
  21. Novoselov, K. S.; Geim, A. K.; Morozov, S. V.; Jiang, D.; Katsnelson, M. I.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Dubonos, S. V.; Firsov, A. A. (2005). "Two-dimensional gas of massless Dirac fermions in graphene". Nature. 438 (7065): 197–200. arXiv:cond-mat/0509330Freely accessible. Bibcode:2005Natur.438..197N. doi:10.1038/nature04233. PMID 16281030.
  22. Graphene Flagship
  23. "Introducing graphene".
  24. Brumfiel, G. (2012). "Britain's big bet on graphene: Manchester institute will focus on commercial applications of atom-thick carbon sheets". Nature. 488 (7410): 140–141. Bibcode:2012Natur.488..140B. doi:10.1038/488140a. PMID 22874942.
  25. Astrophysics Data System
  26. Novoselov, K. S.; Geim, A. K.; Morozov, S. V.; Jiang, D.; Zhang, Y.; Dubonos, S. V.; Grigorieva, I. V.; Firsov, A. A. (2004). "Electric Field Effect in Atomically Thin Carbon Films" (PDF). Science. 306 (5696): 666–669. arXiv:cond-mat/0410550Freely accessible. Bibcode:2004Sci...306..666N. doi:10.1126/science.1102896. PMID 15499015.
  27. Castro Neto, A. H.; Peres, N. M. R.; Novoselov, K. S.; Geim, A. K. (2009). "The electronic properties of graphene". Reviews of Modern Physics. 81: 109. arXiv:0709.1163Freely accessible. Bibcode:2009RvMP...81..109C. doi:10.1103/RevModPhys.81.109.
  28. ERC Starting Grant
  29. "Nobel Prize in Physics goes to ERC grantee Prof. Konstantin Novoselov" (PDF). European Research Council. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  30. The Hottest Research of 2007-08
  31. The Hottest Research of 2009
  32. The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014
  33. Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize
  34. Technology Review-35 Young Innovator 2008
  35. EPS CMD Europhysics Prize Recipients
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  37. The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize
  38. "Hoge Koninklijke onderscheiding voor Nobelprijswinnaars" (in Dutch). Public Information Service of the Government of the Netherlands. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  39. Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  40. Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  41. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 1. 31 December 2011.
  42. BBC News – Knighthoods for Nobel-winning graphene pioneers. Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved on 2011-12-31.
  43. "Britain's 50 New Radicals". NESTA and The Observer. 2013.
  44. The Kohn Award lecture
  45. Leverhulme Medal
  46. "Freedom of the city to be awarded to graphene scientists". 7 October 2013.
  47. "The Assembly of Academicians at BAS elected three scientists as foreign members of the Academy". 28 November 2013.
  48. "National science photography competition – in pictures".
  49. "a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher!" (PDF). Thomson Reuters.
  50. "The Lars Onsager Lecture and Professorship".
  51. "Carbon Medal".
  52. "Dalton Medal".
  53. Joint painting exhibition of Chinese diplomat, British Nobel laureate kicks off. Xinhua, 29 September 2015
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