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Glotzer and Kotov are co-recipients of Materials Research Society Medal

The MRS Medal is awarded annually by the Materials Research Society® (MRS) for an outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has had a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.| Short Read

Sharon C. Glotzer, the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Nicholas A. Kotov, the Joseph B. and Florence V. Cejka Professor of Engineering, have been named co-recipients of the 2014 MRS Medal for their “foundational work elucidating processes of nanoparticle self-assembly.”

The MRS Medal is awarded annually by the Materials Research Society® (MRS) for an outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has had a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field. The award will be presented at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in December.

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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