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Seminar: Theoretical Studies of Emerging Electronic Materials – Graphene, Topological Insulators and More

Graphene. Image courtesy of Hinkle Group, Flickr

Graphene. Image courtesy of Hinkle Group, Flickr

Graphene has been all the rave for a decade now. But what more can be achieved? Join us and our guest lecturer Prof. Oleg Yazyev for a seminar on «THEORETICAL STUDIES OF EMERGING ELECTRONIC MATERIALS:  GRAPHENE, TOPOLOGICAL INSULATORS AND MORE»

When: August 18, 2014 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Beijing-1 Auditorium, China cluster Skolkovo School of Management



The past decade was marked by several momentous discoveries of novel electronic materials such as graphene and topological insulators. In my talk I will highlight some of their remarkable properties and show how theoretical and computational physics can help guide us towards the future technological applications of these emerging materials. In particular, I will cover some of my past research on disorder-induced magnetism in graphene as well as on topological defects and electronic transport in this two-dimensional system. Future directions outlined in my presentation will include the search for novel topological electronic phases, platform materials for technologies beyond traditional electronics and economically viable systems for photocatalytic energy conversion.


Prof. Oleg Yazyev

Prof. Oleg Yazyev

Prof. Oleg Yazyev was born in Simferopol, Crimean peninsula. He obtained his degree in chemistry from Moscow State University in 2003. He then joined Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) completing his PhD thesis in 2007. Next two years he has spent as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP) and the Institute for Numerical Research in the Physics of Materials (IRRMA) of the same institution. In 2009-2011 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Physics of the University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In September 2011 he returned to EPFL starting an independent research group supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation professorship grant. In 2012 he was awarded an ERC Starting grant. His current research focuses on the theoretical and computational physics of the recently discovered Dirac fermion materials with strong emphasis on their prospective technological applications.






* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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