Two Vici grants for TU Delft: catalysis and nanophysics

News - 16 February 2016 - Webredactie Communication

Two TU Delft scientists will receive a Vici grant of one and a half million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The research of Frank Hollmann (catalysis) and Lieven Vandersypen (nanophysics) will be funded to enable them to conduct research for the next five years and to allow them to create their own research group.




Dr Frank Hollmann (Applied Sciences) will focus on the subject of 'BioAqua'. One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century for chemical science is the transformation of our current chemical industry into a sustainable industry. As a result of BioAqua, light and water will be used as a source for chemical reactions instead of precious raw materials.


Quantum simulation on a chip

Prof.dr ir. Lieven Vandersypen (Applied Sciences) is involved with nanotechnology.  Materials and molecules are often too complex to be calculated on computers. The researchers will therefore simulate and measure complex materials and molecules in the lab with nanotechnology. They hope to gain new insight that can lead to the creation of better medicines and cleaner technology.


The Vici grants will be awarded science-wide by the NWO. Within Vici, researchers are free to apply for funding for their own research projects. Vici is part of the Incentives Scheme of NWO, which gives scientists in various stages of their career the opportunity to conduct ground-breaking research. 

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