Two CEG researchers receive Veni grant

News - 11 April 2022 - Webredactie

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 280,000 euros to two highly promising young scientists of the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences. The grant provides them with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. A total of nine Veni's have been awarded to TU Delft researchers.


Nanoplastic – Macroproblem? Unraveling removal mechanisms during water treatment 


Dr. dipl.-ing. Kim Mare Lompe
Nanoplastics in drinking water are a potential threat for human health but difficult to analyse due to their small size and variable composition. This research uses an engineered nanoplastic tracer particle with a metal core allowing for straightforward analytical detection to unravel removal mechanisms in drinking water sand filters using pilot studies and models.

Peatland: living on a gassy soil. Revealing the role of gas on the behaviour of peats 


Dr. Stefano Muraro
Global warming is increasing the exsolution of gas bubbles from peats, which can compromise the performance and safety of geo-infrastructure. The researcher will investigate the role of gas bubbles in peat through advanced experimental testing at the micro- and macroscale which will support the development of a model to predict the geotechnical behaviour of gassy peat. This research will help to formulate mitigation protocols thereby improving the future safety of geo-infrastructure.

See also all veni awards for TU Delft. 

NWO Talent Programme

Together with Vidi and Vici, Veni is part of the NWO Talent Programme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. Researchers in the Talent Programme are free to submit their own subject for funding. NWO thus encourages curiosity-driven and innovative research. NWO selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge use.