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Mark Burns appointed to new research positions

He has been named the Executive Director of MCubed and Research Innovation.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Mark A. Burns, T.C. Chang Professor, Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering professor Mark Burns, the T.C. Chang Professor of Engineering, has been named the Executive Director of MCubed and Research Innovation, reporting to the Vice President of Research and a member of the University of Michigan’s Office of Research leadership team.

In the new position, Mark will continue to lead the highly successful MCubed program that he co-founded. In addition, he will be developing other programs to provide additional mechanisms to fund collaborative faculty teams.

He will also be the faculty advisor for the Duderstadt Center and work with the leadership team there to foster innovative research and teaching through the use of advanced technology and collaborative spaces.

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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