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Doctoral student Matt Vedrin receives Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Doctoral student Matt Vedrin has been selected to receive a Fellowship from the Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellows Program.| Short Read
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This fellowship supports developing and implementing innovative ideas in pursuit of sustainability. Vedrin will begin this two year fellowship in September 2017, and will be utilizing it to support his doctoral degree. 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.

Prior to starting the Environmental Engineering Doctoral degree in January 2017, Vedrin earned a master’s degree in Design Science from U-M (FA 2016).

Vedrin is advised by Professors Lut Raskin (CEE) and Rebecca Hardin (NRE). His research topic is: “Impacts of WASH educational interventions on behavior change in an urban environment in Gabon.”

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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