Physical electronic properties of atomically thin materials
Applications of atomically thin materials, e.g. graphene
low energy electronics and sustainability
topological phases of matter
topological insulators and topological semimetals
Michael is a world leader in the study of graphene and other two-dimensional materials, the two-dimensional surface state of three-dimensional topological insulators, and other two dimensional semiconductors, metals, and superconductors.
Graphene has for some years been touted as a new wonder material. A sheet of carbon just one atom thick, it is stronger than steel and conducts electricity better than copper. Low energy computing, night vision goggles, touch screens and batteries are among the potential applications.
“It's a different paradigm in making materials with very different properties than the three-dimensional materials that we know about in our everyday lives,” Michael says.