ERC Proof of Concept grants for two UT scientists

| Michaela Nesvarova

UT researchers Monica Morales-Masis and Massimo Sartori have been awarded a Proof of Concept grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The grants, worth 150.000 euro each, help to bring their previous ERC-funded projects closer to practical applications.

Solar cells 

Monica Morales-Masis, adjunct professor in the Inorganic Material Science group, received the 2019 ERC Starting Grant for her research on new hybrid materials for solar cells. She was working on a method to explore a whole range of compositions of hybrid organic-inorganic materials.

Morales-Masis will use the funding for her project SPRINT (Sputtering Halide Perovskites for Integration in Monolithic Tandem Solar Cells). It will focus on bringing Perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells closer to the market, as this new type of solar cell could deliver higher power at a lower cost than commercially available solar cells. To move this technology forward, the scientist aims to tackle challenges with scalability, stability and module development.

Neuromusculoskeletal system

Massimo Sartori, professor in the Neuromechanical Engineering Department, received an ERC Starting Grant in 2018 to explore new research directions in human-machine interaction. The goal of his research is to help people who have been affected by neurological injuries, such as a stroke, to recover better.

Sartori was awarded the Proof of Concept funding for project SMARTSENS: Smart wear for sensing the neuromusculoskeletal system during human movement in vivo. The research proposes a fully wearable, non-invasive solution to monitoring a new range of clinically relevant neuromuscular parameters. This will enable continuous monitoring of the human neuromusculoskeletal system to maintain, restore or enhance neuromuscular tissue health throughout training and life stages.

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