Five ERC Advanced Grants for EuroTech Universities scientists

ERC Grantees from EuroTech Universities

Last week, the European Research Council announced the winners of its annual Advanced Grants competition. Five of these highly prestigious grants have been awarded to researchers from EuroTech universities. EuroTech wishes to congratulate all the winners.

ERC Advanced Grants address well-established top researchers with a recent high-level research track record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s). Scientific excellence is the only selection criterion, and the funding amounts to €2.5 million per grant.

The grantees from EuroTech universities:

Prof. Henning Friis Poulsen (DTU)
Panel: PE8 Products and Processes Engineering

For the second time, Henning Friis Poulsen has been awarded one of the prestigious ERC Advanced Grants. His new research project could revolutionise our understanding and use of metals. He will develop a model that can predict how the strength of metals and their ability to be shaped is affected during use. Such knowledge can have a major impact on the development of new lightweight strong metal components with obvious applications in the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries, for example.
Read more on the DTU website

Prof. Francesco Stellacci (EPFL)
Panel: PE8 Products and Processes Engineering

NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Principal Investigator Francesco Stellacci’s ERC Advanced Grant will fund research into nature-inspired polymer recycling. His NaCRe (Nature-inspired Circular Recycling for Polymers) project will attempt to establish a new paradigm for the recycling of plastics. The idea is to take plastics’ main chemical component, polymers, and to try and recycle them in the same way nature does with proteins.
Read more on the EPFL website

Prof. Philip de Goey (TU/e)
Panel: PE8 Products and Processes Engineering

The sun and wind are not anytime and anywhere available, so how do you temporarily store that energy? A group of researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology sees a dream candidate in metal fuels: CO2-free, reusable and with a high energy density. The first results are promising, but in order to deploy the technology on a large scale, it is first necessary to fully understand and control the combustion of these metal particles. Using the ERC Advanced Grant Philip de Goey is now going to answer this ‘burning’ question.
Read more on the TU/e website

Prof. Daniel Cremers (TUM)
Panel: PE6 Computer Science and Informatics

It is already possible to gain large amounts of information on the position of objects in space using video data. With his SIMULACRON project, Daniel Cremers now aims to use video information to determine physical properties such as acceleration, mass and elasticity. He wants to develop new algorithms to physically simulate deformable objects. The simulation parameters will be determined directly from video images, also using new machine learning techniques. For Prof. Cremers, the new grant is already his 5th ERC grant.
Read more on the TUM website

Prof. Mathias Drton (TUM)
Panel: PE1 Mathematics

Enormous quantities of data are captured and collected by scientists. Before becoming usable to obtain new knowledge, these data must be analysed. In his Graphmode project, Mathias Drton is working on new statistical methods that offer insights into complex systems. Starting with data on the activity of the individual components of a system, methods from probability theory can be used to draw conclusions on causal relationships between the components. This has potential uses in all scientific fields. Possible application areas include patient studies in medicine or the study of gene expression rates in biology.
Read more on the TUM website