The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) have awarded Veni grants worth up to 250,000 euros to five researchers from the Faculty of Science who have recently obtained their doctorate. The Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years. The submissions were assessed by means of peer review by external experts from the disciplines concerned.
Exploring equivariant homotopy theory
Dr. Magdalena Kedziorek - Utrecht University, Mathematics
Mathematicians have always been intrigued by shapes and geometric objects. Understanding geometric objects with additional structure given by symmetries became one of the long-term themes of algebraic topology. The proposed research project uses modern methods to work towards understanding spaces with symmetries.
Characterizing catalysis on the molecular scale
Dr. Freddy Rabouw - Utrecht University, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science
Catalysts make chemical reactions faster and more efficient. A typical catalyst contains billions of active nanoparticles that together determine its properties. The researcher will study chemical reactions on the scale of individual catalytic nanoparticles. This will yield a better understanding of catalysis and contribute to the development of new catalysts.
Photonic transport through complex nonlinear systems: using noise to transmit a signal
Dr. Said Rodriguez - Utrecht University, Nanomaterial Science
The transfer of energy and information across complex technological systems is typically degraded by noise. This research will investigate the opposite case where noise enhances the transport of light across complex systems, and provides functionality that is not easily obtained in noiseless systems, such as unidirectional flow.
Towards a mathematical conjecture of the Landau-Ginzburg/conformal field theory correspondence
Dr. Ana Ros Camacho - Utrecht University, Mathematics
This project studies the algebraic structures underlying a result from theoretical physics called the Landau–Ginzburg/conformal field theory correspondence, and seeks a proper mathematical statement of this result
Black hole horizons and the quark-gluon plasma
Dr. Wilke van der Schee - Utrecht University, Physics
Collisions of lead nuclei at the LHC accelerator result in the formation of quark-gluon plasma. Because of the strong force between these particles, this plasma has surprisingly strong similarities with the horizon of a black hole. This research models the plasma dynamics by forming a corresponding black hole.