ERC Starting Grant for five TU Delft researchers

News - 03 September 2019 - Communication

ERC has awarded its 2019 Starting Grants to early-career researchers. Five of them are scientists from TU Delft. This European funding will help individual scientists and scholars to build their own teams and conduct pioneering research.  

The five ERC Starting Grant winners from TU Delft are:

Arjen Jakobi
PHAGOSCOPY: Dissecting cell-autonomous immunity with  ex vivo electron cryo-microscopy
Some pathogens have evolved to avoid our immune system by invading our cells and seeking shelter inside a structure called the phagosome. Arjen Jakobi will use electron microscopy to study this process by making it visible at the nanoscale.
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Menno Veldhorst
QUIST: Quantum information transfer  between hole spins and topological states
The goal of this project is to coherently transfer quantum information between spin and Majorana qubits. This will help to build a universal quantum computer with inherent protection against noise.
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David Vermaas
EnTER: Enhanced Mass Transport in Electrochemical Systems for Renewable Fuels and Clean Water
Vermaas will focus on improving the electrical current density for electrochemical conversions, for instance to produce synthesize renewable fuels and clean water with solar and wind energy. This is necessary to meet the growing demand for green energy carriers and clean water.
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Tim Taminiau
QUNET: A quantum network for distributed quantum computation
The goal is to demonstrate that imperfections in quantum states can be reliably detected by distributing them over optically connected quantum networks based on spins in diamond. This can unlock a new regime in which quantum computations can be made increasingly stable by using larger and larger networks.   
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Daan Brinks
MULTIVIsion: Multiphoton Voltage Imaging
Information in the brain is encoded in changes in the voltage across the membrane of brain cells. Working with genetically encoded voltage indicators (GEVI’s) is a revolutionary imaging method. The Brinks lab will evolve ¬a GEVI optimized for three-photon (3P) imaging, a technique for making cells that are located in the deeper tissues of the brain, visible.
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ERC press release and full list of Starting Grant awards