Ronald Hanson and Thijs Vlugt awarded Vici grants

News - 12 February 2016 - Webredactie Communication

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) announced today that Prof Ronald Hanson and Prof Thijs Vlugt, both TU Delft researchers, have been awarded Vici grants of €1.5 million. The funding is intended to facilitate research in the coming five years. The Vici is one of the largest personal scientific grants in the Netherlands. 

Quantum internet: making interception impossible

Prof Ronald Hanson from QuTech and the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience has been awarded a Vici grant for the development of internet connections based on quantum mechanics. According to quantum theory, particles like electrons can be in two places at the same time, and be intertwined in such a way that they lose their identity. Hanson will research this schizophrenic behaviour over massive distances using lots of particles simultaneously, answering fundamental questions and investigating applications such as communications whereby interception is impossible. 

New solvents for separation processes 

Prof Thijs Vlugt from the Faculty of 3mE conducts research into new types of solvents for use in process technology. So-called Deep Eutectic Solvents and Ionic Liquids are new types of solvents with characteristics outperforming those of traditional solvents. Vlugt uses advanced computer simulations to understand how the characteristics of the solvent are influenced by the molecular structure.

Please, visit the website of NWO for additional information.

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