ERC Starting Grants for three UT scientists

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Three researchers from the University of Twente have been awarded European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants. The grants, worth on average €1.5 million, are going to Christoph Baeumer, Nienke Bosschaart and Sander Huisman.

The ERC Starting Grants are designed to support early-career researchers who are starting their own independent research team or programme. Out of nearly four hundred grants awarded this year, 44 went to scientists in the Netherlands, including three at the UT.

Christoph Baeumer, assistant professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW), has received the grant for his project Interfaces at Work (Interface-sensitive Spectroscopy of Atomically-defined Solid/Liquid Interfaces Under Operating Conditions). His research at the Inogranic Materials Science group focuses on the solid/liquid interface, in particular for electrocatalysts that enable energy conversion and sustainable synthesis of chemicals and chemical fuels.

Nienke Bosschaart, Associate Professor in Biomedical Photonic Imaging at the TNW Faculty, won the ERC grant for her research into pioneering methods to unravel lactation insufficiency. Bosschaart’s research focuses on the development of optical diagnostic tools for mother and child care. She works on noninvasive blood analysis in newborns, as well as research into milk and lactation.

The third UT researcher to receive the grant is Sander Huisman, assistant professor in the Physics of Fluids groups in the University of Twente (TNW Faculty). He will conduct research into understanding the melting dynamics in turbulent flows. His work concentrates on the mass, momentum, heat, and energy transfer in turbulent flows in a variety of geometries.

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