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Brian Ellis selected for CEE Department Excellence Award

Assistant Professor Brian Ellis has been selected by the CEE Honors and Awards Committee to receive the 2019 Department Excellence Award.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Brian Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor Brian Ellis has been selected by the CEE Honors and Awards Committee to receive the 2019 Department Excellence Award.

Dr. Ellis’ research covers topics related to the sustainable and safe development of emerging energy technologies. Included among these activities are geologic storage of CO2 and large-scale hydraulic fracturing of unconventional oil/gas reservoirs. He examines important water-rock interactions that occur in these subsurface systems through a combination of experimental studies, imaging techniques and geochemical modeling.

His pioneering research in CO2 sequestration, inspiring teaching and unselfish service to CEE have been instrumental to the success of the entire CEE community.

Ellis will be honored later this semester at the College of Engineering Honors and Awards dinner in March.

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    Brian Ellis

    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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