Professor David Marpaung is the head of the Nonlinear Nanophotonics group, part of UT’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. His research interests include RF photonics, photonic integration, nonlinear optics, and phononics. His group conducts research on advanced integrated photonic structures.
In his ERC funded research, professor Marpaung will work on a 3D integration technology to harness the potential of light and sound interactions. In the past, Marpaung also received a VIDI grant (2017) and a START-UP grant (2019) from Dutch Research Council NWO.
The ERC Consolidator Grant is intended for scientists who want to consolidate their independence by establishing a research team. In the latest call, the success rate of receiving the funding was only 12%. Consolidator Grants are usually awarded up to 2 million euros for a period of 5 years. Professor Marpaung will receive 2,55 million euros, the largest Consolidator Grant at the UT so far.