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Graphene: one-atom-thick sheets of carbon and their promise for nano-electronics

- This event is sponsored by the Atlanta European Science Café and will be hosted by the French Consulate General in Atlanta.
- It is free and open to the public and RSVPs are not required to attend. 
- Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Doors open at 5:30 pm.
Graphene: one-atom-thick sheets of carbon and their promise for nano-electronics
Claire Berger
Senior Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research, France
Visiting Research Scientist at Georgia Tech

At the atomic scale, a material’s properties can differ significantly from those at a larger scale. Amazingly, continuous one-atom thick sheets can be made with carbon atoms, reaching ultimate thinness. This ‘graphene’ sheet is nothing but one single layer of graphite that has fascinated researchers in the past decade.  Considered as the strongest, most robust material, this impermeable, optically transparent, electrically and thermally conductive graphene presents some even more surprising properties when shaped into tiny ribbons. Because of its favorable combination of properties, graphene is sought after for future electronic devices beyond silicon-based technology.

About Claire

Claire Berger is a Senior Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France, positioned at the School of Physics at Georgia Tech. Her scientific interest is mainly focused on nanoscience and electronic properties. She received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France. Prior to joining the CNRS –Néel Institute in Grenoble she worked on amorphous metals at the Center for Atomic Studies (CEA).

At CNRS her work concentrated on electronic properties of quasicrystals, where her preferred experimental approach was to correlate designed microscopic structure to electronic properties in complex metallic systems. At Georgia Tech, her main interest is nano-graphitic systems, with an emphasis on production and electronic transport properties of graphene.

Claire Berger is co-author of  200 research articles, and was the recipient of the CNRS medal for young researchers (Bronze Medal) in 1991, the Ancel prize from the French physical society and was named Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013


The Atlanta European Science Café is sponsored by

• British Consulate General in Atlanta

• Consulate General of France in Atlanta

• Alliance Française d'Atlanta

• Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

• German Consulate General Atlanta

• Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta

• Consulate General of Ireland Atlanta

• Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta

and organized with the assistance of the Atlanta Science Tavern.

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  • Jay B.

    Really enjoyed an interesting talk.

    I Googled this article from March 2011 covering some of the same research at Georgia Tech.

    January 24, 2014

  • Anne C.

    Thank you Claire, your talk was really great!

    January 24, 2014

  • Kathy

    Interesting topic. Very clearly and enthusiastically presented with good visuals. Thanks!

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ms. Berger was wonderfully entertaining and engaging. She covered the subject matter thoroughly and at an appropriate depth for the audience...very accessible for those of us non-doc or PHD's in attendance ;-) Loved it! I really appreciated the refreshments provided by the French Consulate.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Teresa

    Claire gave a very interesting presentation and she was very engaging. The venue was nice, but did not provide enough seating. I love Science Tavern and was happy to be back. I learn things there.

    January 23, 2014

  • Lauraloo S.

    Excellent speaker, interesting topic, great group of attendees. We really enjoyed the evening!

    January 23, 2014

  • Hayley

    Claire was phenomenal! As a layperson to physics, I followed the presentation with ease. The excitement of her lab's recent discoveries was palpable!!

    2 · January 23, 2014

  • Carrie S

    Computer Science Bachelors, MBA from Georgia Tech, and WITI member.

    January 22, 2014

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