Four young researchers at Faculty of Science to receive Veni grant

/ July 20, 2015/ Ice and Climate, IMAU

Four Utrecht researchers who have recently obtained their PhD’s have been awarded a Veni grant from NWO. Bas de Boer (Physics), Stefan Ligtenberg (Physics), Gareth Whiting (Chemistry) and Jovana Zecevic (Chemistry) each receive up to 250,000 Euros to finance their own research for three years.

In total, NWO awarded 161 Veni grants to Dutch researchers, 28 of which at Utrecht University. They receive the grant because of their talent for doing innovative scientific research and are free to choose their own research topic. Although the Veni researchers are at the start of their careers, they have already displayed a striking talent for scientific research. Researchers who have completed their PhD within the last three years can apply for a Veni grant.

Innovational Research Incentives Scheme

The Veni grant is part of NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, consisting of Veni, Vidi and Vici. With these grants, NWO offers researchers in different stages of their careers the possibility to perform groundbreaking research.

The researchers at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Science who have been awarded the Veni grant are:

Overeenstemming tussen klimaat en regionaal zeespiegel verandering
Bas de Boer – Physics – Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)
In de komende eeuw zullen de ijskappen op Antarctica en Groenland een significante bijdrage leveren aan de stijging van de zeespiegel. In dit project simuleer ik het klimaat, de ijskappen en de regionale zeespiegel tegelijk voor het Laat Pliocene, om de gevolgen van een warmer klimaat beter te begrijpen.

Modelling meltwater retention in the Greenland ice sheet
Stefan Ligtenberg – Physics – Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)
In de Groenlandse sneeuwlaag is recent een waterlaag ontdekt, met twee keer de oppervlakte van Nederland, die zorgt voor een vertraagde bijdrage van smeltwater aan zeespiegelstijging. In dit project ontwikkel ik een gekoppeld sneeuw-smeltwatermodel om de stroming van vloeibaar water van het oppervlak, door deze waterlaag, richting oceaan te simuleren.

Taking a shine to industrial catalysts
Gareth Whiting – Chemistry – Debye Institute
Catalysts and their rational design are of vital importance to improve the efficiency in the production of many of our everyday needs, such as transportation fuels and chemicals. This project aims to use advanced tools to understand processes in industrial-scale catalysts in detail. This will shed light on how to improve their design.

Real-time studies at the nanoscale of the liquid-phase synthesis of zeolite-based catalysts
Jovana Zecevic – Chemistry – Debye Institute
Het maken van verbeterde en nieuwe katalysatoren is nodig om meer en hogere kwaliteit brandstoffen te verkrijgen. Om te weten wat er gebeurt wanneer katalysatoren gemaakt worden, willen onderzoekers voor de eerste keer dit proces in ‘real time’ op nanometerschaal volgen.

Source: Utrecht University