Prizes and grants 2018

NWO Valorisatieprijs 2018
Davide Iannuzzi
(€ 250.000)
 
ERC Advanced Grant
Erwin Peterman
(€ 2.500.000)

European Commission, HORIZON 2020 program, Marie Curie Innovative Training Network – European Joint Doctorate
Rene Williams: POLYTHEA: Design and photo-optimization of Photosensitizer for Human Health and Food security applications or “how light can save lives”
k€ 2500 (UvA: k€ 255, 2 Joint PhD; 1 defense at UvA, 1 in Dublin)
 
STW Perspectief project LINX
Stefan Witte: Lensless soft-X-ray metrology with high-harmonic sources
(€ 600.000)
 
NWO TOP grant
Roberta Croce: Engineering light-harvesting complexes for a better coverage of the solar spectrum.
(€ 780.000)


NWO ECHO grant 
Fred Brouwer and Daniel Bonn 
In touch with fluorescent probe molecules: microscopic visualization of contacts and friction
The dynamics of the physical world are mostly determined by the forces between objects at their points of contact. In the granted project, such touching points are visualized at the nanoscale with the help of fluorescent molecules. With this technique the researchers aim to test the physical theory of friction.

 
Physics2Market grant, IXA
Wybren Jan Buma: Plant Molecular Heaters - proof of concept.
(2018, 27.5 kEuro)
 
European 'Future and Emerging Technologies' program funding
Wybren Jan Buma: Boostcrop.
(2018, 4940 kEuro, 845 kEuro UvA)
 
HTSM-PROJECT
Ton van Leeuwen: AN INTEGRATED OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL IMAGING AT 1300NM
 
CVON EURLY DIAGNOSIS PROJECT CINTICS
Ton van Leeuwen: CIRCULATING NANO TRACES TO IDENTIFY THE CAUSE OF STROKE
 
TKI PROJECT
Ton van Leeuwen: LIGHT-BASED NON-INVASIVE MEASUREMENT OF BLOOD HEMATOCRIT
 
TKI PROJECT M-Cath
Ton van Leeuwen: MEMS-CATHETER BASED 3D OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY OF BLADDER LESIONS
 
VU Amsterdam Start Contribution
Imran Avci
(€ 30.000)
 
Marie Curie Individual Fellowship
Wojciech Nawrocki: The Fate of Excitation in Photoinhibited Chloroplasts
 
 
VENI
 
Hacking Photosynthesis: a biosensor for environmental pollutants
Dr V.M. (Vincent) Friebe (m), VU, Biophysics
In order to sustain our increasing food demand, novel herbicides are constantly being developed in order to improve crop yields. This research seeks to create an accessible biosensor which is specific and sensitive to herbicides residues found in our ecosystem, drinking water and food.
 
The molecular strategy of plants against sunburn
Dr N. (Nicoletta) Liguori (f), VU - Physics and Astronomy
By discarding the excess absorbed energy (photoprotection), plants avoid photodamage. Protein conformational switches trigger photoprotection. How these switches are regulated is poorly understood. The researcher will develop a novel ultrafast spectroscopy method and combine it with state-of-the-art molecular dynamics to determine it.


Best student presentation award Mengqi Du bij de OSA Computational Sensing and Imaging conference (25-28 juni 2018, Orlando, US)
 
Best student presentation award Anne de Beurs bij de European Optical Society Biannual Meeting (8-12 oktober, Delft, NL)

Best poster award Mengqi Du bij de jaarlijkse NNV meeting voor Atoom-, Molecuul-, en Optische fysica (25-26 september, Lunteren, NL)

Best poster award Antonio Carlos Costa from the 13th annual Physics of Living Matter symposium, Marseille. 
 
Best student poster award for Laura Dreissen at the Precision Physics of Simple Atomic Systems (PSAS) conference 2018 Vienna, Austria

Best BioPM Thesis Award 2018 Yusaku Hontani.