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“I’m here for a reason” Benjamín Alemán’s research and journey to becoming a UO Physics professor featured in Oregon Quarterly

For UO Physics professor Benjamín Alemán, the science of the small, with its boundless potential to help humanity, is the grandest playground imaginable. He’s an expert at bending 21st-century miracle materials to his will. Take graphene, which is to today’s technology what plastic was to industry of the last century. Just one atom thick—a million times thinner than human hair—it’s 200 times stronger than steel, yet extraordinarily flexible.  Some might say that Alemán himself is just as strong and flexible; qualities that helped him on his challenging path to become a professor at the University of Oregon.

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