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May 5, 2022
N-polar InGaN/GaN nanowires: overcoming the efficiency cliff of red-emitting micro-LEDsPhotonics Research described research led by Prof. Zetian Mi in a special story explaining the significance of their breakthrough in developing red micro LEDs.
Graphene-hBN breakthrough to spur new LEDs, quantum computingStudy uncovers first method for producing high-quality, wafer-scale, single-layer hexagonal boron nitride
Research full speed ahead on manufacturable III-V materials for next-generation electronicsA recent breakthrough in ferroelectric III-V semiconductors at the University of Michigan has been followed by several advancements and new funding to bring the technology closer to market.
December 17, 2021
Most Read Featured Articles from 2020-2021The article “Monolayer GaN excitonic deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes,” co-authored by Profs. Zetian Mi, Mack Kira, and Manos Kioupakis (MSE) was among the most downloaded articles published in Applied Physics Letters from 2020-2021, with 3,364 downloads.
Prof. Zetian Mi named IEEE Fellow for his pioneering contributions to III-nitride photonics and clean energyMi’s research is impacting the future of alternative energy, as well as improved methods for water purification and air disinfection.
$1.8M to develop room temperature, controllable quantum nanomaterialsThe project could pave the way for compact quantum computing and communications as well as efficient UV lamps for sterilization and air purification.
High Efficiency Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes to sterilize pathogens, including COVID-19Research led by Prof. Zetian Mi has been honored with the 2020 Editor-in-Chief Choice Award from “Photonics Research.”
Dawn of nitride ferroelectric semiconductors for next-generation electronics
The ability to precisely tune electrical polarization switching through molecular beam epitaxy is a gamechanger
April 6, 2021
Artificial photosynthesis devices that improve themselves with useNanowerk shares Prof. Zetian’s Mi research on a water-splitting device that becomes more efficient with use, which could make artificial photosynthesis a practical method for producing hydrogen fuel.
Artificial photosynthesis devices that improve themselves with use
“Our discovery is a real game-changer. I’ve never seen such stability.”
Four ECE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Four ECE doctoral students were selected for their outstanding research work in a variety of disciplines.
Zetian Mi receives Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering
Mi’s research offers the promise of sustainable energy and clean water through his breakthroughs in III-nitride quantum nanostructures.
$6.25 million to develop new semiconductors for artificial photosynthesis
An interdisciplinary team from four universities are developing a new class of semiconductors for novel artificial photosynthesis and the production of clean chemicals and fuels using sunlight, as part of a DoD MURI
Electronic Products: January 4, 2021
10 top products in 2020NS Nanotech’s coronavirus-killing chip makes Electronic Products’ Top 10 Products of 2020 list
Electronic Products: January 4, 2021
Startup claims first solid-state far-UVC chip that neutralizes CoronavirusProf. Zetian Mi’s startup, NS Nanotech, has claimed the first solid-state far-UVC chip that kills the coronavirus and other airborne pathogens without posing any threat to humans.
Podcast: Artificial photosynthesis for sustainable solar fuels
In S1E1, Prof. Zetian Mi talks unlocking quantum properties to close the loop on carbon emissions.
Full-color nano-LEDs for better, longer lasting LED performance
Research led by Prof. Zetian Mi to advance LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays is recognized with the Distinguished Paper Award from the Society for Information Display.
DBusiness Magazine: August 10, 2020
U-M Startup: Brighter Displays on Mobile Phones That Draw Half the PowerA University of Michigan startup has announced the creation of a smaller, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode that aims to offer brighter, crisper displays for massive signs, mobile phones, and other devices.
U-M startup NS Nanotech unveils new generation of LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays
Brighter, crisper screens that draw half the power and lasts twice as long are possible with NS Nanotech’s next-gen LEDs.
PRWeb: July 31, 2020
NS Nanotech Closes the LED “Green Gap”The company’s green LED technology is expected to deliver an order-of-magnitude improvement in efficiency for micron-sized devices. NS Nanotech was co-founded by Prof. Zetian Mi, who developed the technology.
Professors Jay Guo and Zetian Mi awarded MTRAC funding for research in autonomous and green vehicles
Guo is working to boost the visibility of autonomous cars for improved safety, and Mi is building a prototype solar hydrogen production system that could out-compete electric cars.
Prof. Zetian Mi selected as IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer
Prof. Mi will speak about the advances in ultraviolet optoelectronics for improved disinfection and water purification.
Lights in the labs – and eyes – of researchers coming back to work
‘Noncritical’ in-person research begins ramping up, with public-health protocols.
The Hill: January 21, 2020
How a scientific breakthrough is making ‘green methane’Scientists are creating “green methane” out of a process called artificial photosynthesis — which could make natural-gas-powered devices carbon neutral.
Interesting Engineering: January 10, 2020
Scientists develop new catalyst that uses light to convert carbon dioxide to fuel
EECS-ECE professor Zetian Mi’s research on artificial photosynthesis is featured in Interesting Engineering.
Science: January 10, 2020
Taking a cue from plants, new chemical approach converts carbon dioxide to valuable fuelEECS Professor Zetian Mi’s research on artificial photosynthesis is described in Science.
‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2
A catalyst on a solar panel can make methane, the main component of natural gas, with carbon dioxide, water and sunlight.
Xianhe Liu receives Best Poster Award at ICNS 2019
The research impacts development of high-efficiency, micro LEDs, used in a variety of applications.
Photosynthesis and Clean Energy
Prof. Zetian Mi talks about a new way to create energy from the sun – borrowing from the idea of photosynthesis.
Blue Sky and Research Accelerator Initiatives fund solar fuel and high-power research
Blue Sky: Up to $10M toward research so bold, some of it just might fail
Inspired by startup funding models, Michigan Engineering reinvents its internal R&D grant structure.
Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis
New device doubles previous efficiency, opens path to commercial viability.
November 30, 2017
New Program in Advanced Water Splitting MaterialsProf. Zetian Mi is Director of a US DOE program on solar hydrogen fuel production (2017 to 2021), titled “Monolithically Integrated Thin-Film/Silicon Tandem Photoelectrodes for High Efficiency and Stable Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting,” which consists of 8 research groups in four universities and three national labs to develop solar water splitting devices and systems for hydrogen fuel production.
Deep UV LEDs lead to two best poster awards at ISSLED 2017
New techniques to construct deep UV LEDs prove prize-worthy.
Zetian Mi elected OSA Fellow
Mi recognized for his work with full-color LEDs and more
The Lurie Nanofabrication FacilityIt Takes the Best to Serve the Best.
March 4, 2017
These four tech teams just won $12 million in the ERA carbon Grand ChallengeZetian Mi is a member of a team initiated at McGill University in Canada that will receive up to $3M by reaching the second round of the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses.
Prof. Zetian Mi elected SPIE Fellow for contributions to photonic devices and artificial photosynthesis
Prof. Mi conducts research in the area of semiconductor optoelectronics, specifically in the areas of III-nitride semiconductors, low dimensional nanostructures, LEDs, lasers, Si photonics, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels.
ECE welcomes new faculty
These faculty broaden and deepen ECE’s areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas.