Veni grants for seven leading TU Delft researchers

News - 16 December 2021 - Webredactie Communication

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded 89 highly promising young scientists from the ENW and ZonMw domain a Veni grant worth up to 280,000 euros. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. The domains AES and SSH will be awarded in 2022.

TU Delft’s Veni laureates:

Towards realistic models for spatiotemporal data

dr. K. Kirchner (f), Technische Universiteit Delft/EEMCS
Many environmental factors, such as temperature or air pollution, are recorded at several locations and dates. Because of limited computing power, a realistic analysis of the resulting large datasets is often unachievable. This project develops computational approaches which enable efficient accurate data analysis and reliable forecasts for phenomena with uncertainty.

New approach to numerical methods for Maxwell’s equations

dr. C.A. Urzua Torres (f), Technische Universiteit Delft/EEMCS
Numerical simulations for electromagnetic wave propagation are an essential tool in designing  telecommunication systems and modern electronics. This research proposes a new mathematical framework to develop numerical methods that exploit the new computational capabilities and can solve more complex problems. The results will also shed new light on existing techniques.

Understanding emergent quantum states atom-by-atom

dr. K.M. Bastiaans (m), Technische Universiteit Delft/AS
Coupling two quantum states creates new electronic properties that are not present when both are taken separately. This research remotely couples individual atoms on an exotic superconductor, allowing researchers to watch while the new properties emerge, providing a deeper look into the mysteries behind superconductivity.

Engineered topological quantum networks

dr. E. Greplova (f), Technische Universiteit Delft/AS
To scale up quantum technologies scientists need to discover new strategies to overcome quantum noise. This research uses insights from topology for a new way of engineering on-chip quantum networks. With these novel devices, quantum information can be distributed without detrimental effects from quantum noise. 

Smart microscopes to see the quantum world

dr. K. Lahabi (m), Technische Universiteit Delft/AS
What if we could also see electricity, magnetism, and temperature, all at the same time? The researcher will develop a novel microscope to make this possible at the atomic scale, and unveil the hidden quantum phenomena that shape our world.

Sensing local properties for novel spin-qubit operations

dr. M.F. Russ (m), QuTech
Spin qubits are a promising candidate for large-scale quantum computers owning to their small footprint, combined with long quantum coherence times. Still, their embedding in semiconductor structure with a locally varying environment gives each qubit a unique “character”. Researchers propose to sense and use this to achieve efficient spin manipulation.

Investigating unconventional superconductivity in layered, magnetic, quantum materials

dr. Y. Wang (f), Technische Universiteit Delft/TNW
Superconductivity with spin-triplet paring is of critical importance for fundamental physics and application of superconducting circuits, but the explicit investigation is challenging and under debate. This research uses new layered, magnetic topological materials that combine both topology and magnetism to investigate unconventional superconducting state based on distinct device geometry and tuning approaches.