Veni grants for 14 young Leiden researchers, 4 for young researchers Faculty of Science
Four of our promising young researchers who have just been awarded their PhDs will be able to further develop their research ideas funded by a Veni grant from the NWO. Scientists dr.ir. Jeroen Bussmann, dr. Irene Groot, dr. Haili Hu and dr. David Sobral will each receive a grant of max 50.000 euro's for their research in the next three years.
Directing blood vessels with lasers
Dr. Jeroen Bussmann, Leiden Institute of Chemistry / Institute of Biology Leiden
Every human organ has a network of blood vessels with a unique structure. In order to grow human organs with the correct blood vessel structure in the future, the researchers are going to develop a technique with which the growth of new blood vessels can be guided using lasers.
Disentangling the reactions behind the production of chlorine
Dr Irene Groot, Interface Physics
The production of industrial chlorine is an important yet extremely expensive and environmentally harmful reaction. The researchers are going to track exactly how this reaction takes place, both in the lab and using a supercomputer. Subsequently they will look for ways to make the production of chlorine cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
A population of vibrating stars exposed
Dr Haili Hu, Astronomy
Stars can vibrate in their resonance frequencies, which yields information about the interior of the stars. Indeed, just as with musical instruments, the ‘sound’ is determined by size and composition. The researchers are developing a new statistical method which can study a large population of vibrating stars at once.
From the First Galaxies to the Peak of the Star Formation History
Dr David Sobral, Astronomy
Using the largest telescopes with unique widescreen technology, Sobral follows galaxies such as ours up to the very beginnings of their origins. We will finally be able to understand how galaxies are formed and how they have developed during the last 13 million years.
- About the Veni awards
A Veni grant consists of a maximum of 250,000 euro and is one of the NWO’s individual financing options designed to stimulate academic talent. This year the NOW has allocated 37 million euro to Veni grants. Veni is part of the prestigious Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, which consists of Veni, Vidi and Vici. With these schemes the NWO offers researchers opportunities to do ground-breaking work at different stages in their career.
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(24 juli 2012 - Bron NWO)