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Andrej Lenert joins the Chemical Engineering faculty

We will welcome Andrej Lenert to the Department of Chemical Engineering this fall as an assistant professor.| Short Read

We will welcome Andrej Lenert to the Department of Chemical Engineering this fall as an assistant professor. Lenert completed his PhD in 2014 at MIT where he was under the supervision of Professor Evelyn Wang. Most recently he has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan with Professors Pramod Reddy and Edgar Meyhofer at the Nanoscale Transport Lab, and at the Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials, C-PHOM. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Iowa.

Lenert’s research focus is on the understanding and control of transport in nanocomposite and nanostructured materials for applications at the energy-water nexus. One avenue of his research is manipulating the structure of materials at the nanoscale to tune the spectrum of thermal radiation. Using this approach, he aims to improve the efficiency of solar energy systems and thermal management of buildings.

Chemical Engineering chair Mark Burns says, “His research in understanding energy transport in nano-scale materials complements our thrust in fuel production and storage. I’m confident he will excel here at Michigan and become one of our best teachers and researchers.”

This year, Lenert was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in science,

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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