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Three researchers receive Villum Young Investigator grants

Assistant Professor Maarten Goesten, Assistant Professor Shuai Wei and Postdoc Bernadette Rosati each receive a Young Investigator grant of approximately 6 million Danish Kroner from the Villum Foundation.

Assistant Professor Maarten Goesten.
Assistant Professor Maarten Goesten
Assistant Professor Shuai Wei.
Assistant Professor Shuai Wei
Postdoc Bernadette Rosati.
Postdoc Bernadette Rosati

Assistant Professor Maarten Goesten receives 5,985,928 DKK (approx. $918,800) for his project about chemical design of superconductors. Superconductivity is an elusive phenomenon for researchers - even though it is more than 100 years since it was discovered. This is hampering the development of new and better superconducting materials, required in the frame of a renewable-energy economy. This project investigates the hypothesis that superconductivity can be understood via the concept of chemical bonding. In exploring this conjecture, the aim is a theoretical framework from which new materials can be designed. The grant will fund one PhD and two post-docs.

Assistant Professor Shuai Wei is granted 5,995,604 DKK (approx. $919,000) to study and explore a mysterious short-lived amorphous state of semiconducting materials to hunt for a special phase transformation, where all properties are suddenly “blown up” to incredibly large values. With the world’s most powerful X-ray sources, Shuai and his group will ”snapshot” atomic motion in less than one trillionth of a second to capture new phase transformations. The finding may be exploited for future superfast computer memory technologies. The grant will fund a PhD, a postdoc and new equipment.

Postdoc Bernadette Rosati receives a grant of 5,999,978 DKK (approx. $921,200) for her project 'OceANIC - Aerosol Ageing and Interactions with Radiation and Clouds'. This project strives to assess the changes in aerosols’ optical properties during their lifetime in the atmosphere and implications for cloud formation. The OceANIC project will particularly scrutinise marine particles that make up the largest natural aerosol mass globally. The grant will allow the recruitment of two PhD students, one postdoc and the purchase of new equipment.

Congratulations to all three of you!