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Nicholas Kotov wins Innovation Excellence Award

Kotov has won the College of Engineering’s Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award.| Short Read

Kotov has won the College of Engineering’s Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award.  This award recognizes faculty members who have developed a breakthrough technology or made a significant innovation and demonstrated its transformational potential in engineering practice, the marketplace, or advancing societal good.

Since joining the faculty in 2003, Nick Kotov has demonstrated sustained excellence in translating fundamental scientific discoveries into innovative engineering and technological applications

An undisputed leader in the self-assembly of nanocomposites and nanomaterials, Kotov has developed materials and manufacturing methods for use across a range of high-impact applications: three-dimensional tissue engineering for drug screening; ultra-strong lightweight armor; anti-counterfeit technologies; cancer screening with chiral biosensors and safe lithium-ion batteries.

With over 280 publications, 30,000 citations, and 5 patents, Kotov also possesses a passion for commercial development.  He has established five startup companies, which have garnered over $8 million in investments.

Kotov’s work has earned numerous prestigious awards and prizes, including the 2014 Materials Research Society Medal and the 2016 UNESCO Nanotechnology Medal.

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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