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Thompson Elected AIChE Fellow

He has served AIChE in several capacities during his career. | Short Read
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IMAGE:  Levi Thompson, Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director, Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory

Levi Thompson, the Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He was consulting editor for the AIChE Journal and served on the Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council. Thompson was also a member of the AIChE Board of Directors from 2014-2016.

Research in his group focuses on the design synthesis characterization evaluation of nanostructured materials for energy conversion and storage applications. Of particular interest is the development of structure-function relationships that enable the design of highly efficient materials.

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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