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Professor Love’s Ethiopia-Michigan Platform

Professor Nancy Love is on a team that recently received funding from the Global Challenges for Third Century (GCTC) “Global Challenges Phase 1” grant program for a proposal to develop the Ethiopia-Michigan Platform for Advancing Collaborative Engagement (EM-PACE).| Short Read

The proposal is a collaboration between faculty in the Medical School, SNRE, the Rackham Graduate School and the College of Engineering.  Borrowing from the long term successes realized with programs between the Medical School and Ghana, EM-PACE will develop a partnership with the government and educational institutions within Ethiopia focused on graduate training and research collaborations on the topics of health, environment and graduate science education. Through this program, Ethiopian students and physicians will earn advanced graduate degrees in Ethiopian Institutions but in partnership with U-M faculty and graduate students.

Love is one of eight investigators for the project. She and Associate Professor Kathleen Sienko of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at U-M will lead the engineering aspect of the platform. They will focus on water quality, sanitation, project design for low cost medical devices and development of joint medical, biomedical and environmental engineer student projects.

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