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Engineering in the Valley of Death

Join the Department as it celebrates the research of graduate students through both oral and poster presentations. The keynote speaker is Dr. John Younger, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Akadeum Life Sciences, Inc.| Short Read

John Younger is a nationally‐recognized physician scientist who, before co‐founding Akadeum, practiced emergency medicine and lead an NIH‐ and National Science Foundation‐funded research lab the University of Michigan.

In this context, he has extensively researched how bacteria and human cells interact with engineered materials, and is routinely called upon by federal agencies to evaluate science and technology proposals.

John left the University of Michigan in 2015 to join the leadership team of Akadeum full time.

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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