Last month, two professors from Manchester University won the Nobel prize for physics, bringing the total of Nobel prizes for the UK to 118, ahead of China with six and India with four.

Dr Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov, were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking achievements regarding the two dimensional material graphene".

Graphene is a flat sheet of carbon one atom thick, it's multiple uses make it extremely versatile as it is very strong and a good conductor of electricity. The research of the two professors could result in innovative developments in electronics, across an extensive range of applications.

In a telephone interview broadcast in Stockholm, and reported on BBC News, Professor Geim confirmed that he would carry on working and "muddle on as before!"

Professor Martin Rees, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, president of the UK's Royal Society and author/co-author of over 500 research papers said:

"The UK must sustain our science at a competitive level in a world where talent is mobile and other countries are advancing fast"

The Nobels are valued at 10m Swedish kronor, £900,000.