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Professor Li receives international grand prize for innovation

Professor Victor Li recently received the International Grand Prize for the Construction Industry Council (CIC) Innovation Award.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Professor Li (left) receives award.

The CIC Innovation Award aims to spearhead development of new concepts to enable continuous enhancements in the construction industry of Hong Kong. It also aims to recognize new technologies and scientific breakthroughs by academia and industry practitioners. Entries for the award were judged by innovations and originality, impact and applicability.

The award was presented by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, GBM, GBS, JP, at the Governor’s House on December 15, 2015. Li received the award in recognition of his development of bendable concrete

Professor Victor Li
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