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CEE student leads BLUElab team in groundbreaking project

CEE student Devki Desai leads BLUE;ab team to retrofit a Victorian-era home for self-sustained water collection and processing| Short Read

CEE pre-candidate Devki Desai (advised by Victor Li) leads a team from BLUElab in a groundbreaking “Net Zero Water” project here in Ann Arbor. The BLUElab team aims to retrofit a Victorian-era home for self-sustained water collection and processing. The home, belonging to the Grocoff family is already one of the first in the United States to produce more energy than it consumes. The next step for the Grocoffs, with the help of the Michigan Engineering Students is to accomplish the same feat with water. This project is an important step in reducing water consumption, working to preserve Earth’s quickly depleting water resources. BLUElab aims to complete this project in just over a year, after comprehensive research and testing of their innovative conservation methods.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read