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Graduate Student M. Chase Dwelle earns Dow Fellowship

Graduate Student M. Chase Dwelle earned a Dow Doctoral Sustainability Fellowship, which supports students who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales.| Short Read
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In addition to receiving funding, Dow fellows participate in a series of cohort-building activities designed to expand individual understanding and effectiveness through regular engagement across a wide range of disciplinary perspectives.

Associate Professor Valeriy Ivanov is Dwelle’s advisor. Dwelle conducts research in HYRDOWIT group, which is interested in everything from classical problems of surface-subsurface water hydrology to contemporary questions in the field of ecohydrology. Dwelle focuses on hydrology and hydraulics. His proposal is entitled, “Agricultural sustainability in the face of climate change: a holistic, physically-based assessment within an uncertainty framework.”

Photo: M. Chase Dwelle

M. Chase Dwelle
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