Four Veni grants for Faculty of Science

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded four Veni grants worth up to 250,000 euros to VU science researchers Simon Boehme, Sicco Brandsma, Cristiano Giuffrida and Liubov Amitonova.

07/31/2017 | 11:55 AM

The NWO Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. The description of the four projects:

Heating and cooling at the nanoscale
Simon Boehme (Physics and Astronomy) will study thermal processes at the nanoscale. Tiny chunks of semiconductor material (semiconductor “nanocrystals”) may enable cheaper and more efficient devices. To enable commercialization of e.g. nanocrystal solar cells, LEDs, or thermoelectric devices, Boehme will study thermal processes at the nanoscale via laser spectroscopy. Thereby he contributes to the development of urgently needed thermal management strategies.

How recycling can introduce toxic compounds into new products
Sicco Brandsma (Environment & Health) will study toxic additives in recycled products: “We are being exposed to toxic additives that can leach out recycled products. To which additives in what concentrations are we being exposed? How can we prevent those additives to end up in recycled products?”

How to securely update a trillion devices and sleep through the night
Cristiano Giuffrida (Computer Science) aims to investigate techniques to securely and automatically update software with minimal impact on every-day user and device operations. With our growing reliance on 24/7 software operations and the number of always-on software-empowered devices soon reaching trillion units, updating software correctly is increasingly challenging but required to preserve the security of pervasive IT systems.

Super quality pictures through a tiny endoscope
Liubov Amitonova will join the VU Biophotonics & Medical Imaging research group with her Veni grant. Optical microscopy is a basic tool for biological research, but light scattering restricts imaging deep inside living organisms. Researchers will use advanced technology of light control in combination with unique fiber probes to create new optical methods for deep-tissue imaging with an unparalleled quality.