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I am a theoretical physicist interested in the electronic, optical and mechanical properties of a new class of materials, two-dimensional atomic crystals, and the related physical phenomena. Most of my work concerns graphene, the best known two-dimensional crystal, first obtained by mechanical exfoliation of graphite and made of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in regular hexagons. I am also interested in the properties of other similar materials like transition metal dichalcogenides or phosphorene. Finally, I study properties of Van der Waals solids – new artificial materials built layer by atomic layer by stacking two-dimensional crystals on top of each other. Because of the high quality and atomic thickness of these materials, properties of such stacks are often more than a simple sum of the properties of the constituents.

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, Doctor of Philosophy, Lancaster University

20072011

Award Date: 7 Jan 2011

Material Engineering, Master in Science, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

20022007

Award Date: 25 May 2007

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