ERC Consolidator Grant for physicist Stefan Witte

Stefan Witte, associate professor at the VU department of Physics and group leader at the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) is awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant worth 2 million euros.

12/12/2019 | 3:21 PM

Four VU scientists are awarded: Daniel Balliet, Dimitris Pavlopoulos, Catherine de Vries and Stefan Witte. They each receive a grant of two million euros of the European Research Council (ERC).

High-resolution imaging of nanostructures
Witte receives his ERC Consolidator Grant for the proposal entitled ‘Seeing the invisible: light-based 3D imaging of opaque nanostructures’. Witte will use this grant to develop new imaging methods that will enable high-resolution imaging of nanostructures. Complex nanostructures play an increasingly important role in society, as they form the basis of the integrated circuits found in modern electronic devices such as smartphones. But as such structures become smaller and more complex, accurate characterization of their structure and function becomes challenging.

Witte and his research group will develop imaging techniques that use soft-X-ray radiation as well as acoustic waves, produced by ultrafast laser pulses, to produce 3D images with a resolution well beyond what optical microscopes can achieve, even for structures that are completely opaque to visible light.

Consolidator Grant
De ERC Consolidator Grant is one of the largest personal research grants in Europe and is for researchers who want to further expand a research group. 301 top scientists throughout Europe receive a total of 600 million euros.