Eight Vidi grants for AES researchers

30 May 2017

NWO awards 89 Vidi grants to talented researchers, of which 8 within NWO Domain AES. These researchers, who have been researching at postdoctoral level for several years, can develop their own research line with this grant of up to 800,000 euros. The Vidi grant is awarded annually and is part of the Talent Scheme.

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The eight AES researchers will work on for instance new signal processing technology, greater optic fiber capacity, more stable and powerful laser-produced plasma sources of EUV light and a new framework for complex high-tech machines.

Below is an overview of the awarded AES researchers and a summary of their projects.

Increasing the Capacity of Optical Nonlinear Interfering Channels (ICONIC)

Dr. A. (Alex) Alvarado, Eindhoven University of Technology

Optical fibers are strands of glass with the thickness of a human hair which carry nearly all the world Internet traffic. However, the installed fibers are running out of capacity. This project will use mathematics to increase the capacity of these fibers, which will guarantee faster future broadband connections.

Quantum dots shining their light on plasma charging

Dr.ir. J. (Job) Beckers, Eindhoven University of Technology

How particles only a few nanometers in size charge in plasma is extremely complex. Although considerable technological relevance, the principal mechanisms have never been investigated experimentally in a direct manner. This research utilizes quantum dots, changing color upon charging, to probe fundamental charging processes and the governing plasma physical processes.

Multidimensional mapping of spatio-thermochemical states

Dr. A. (Alexis) Bohlin, Delft University of Technology (AWEP)

Deep insight into multiscale chemical interactions can only be obtained from spectroscopic measurements garnered in spatial and temporal correlation. The aim of this research is to push forward new frontiers in optical coherent imaging: providing simultaneous space-, spectrum-, and time information, validated in gas-phase reactive- and soft condensed media.

High-tech for healthy bones

Prof.dr. P. (Pamela) Habibovic, Maastricht University (MERLN Institute)

Millions of patients with damaged bone are treated by transplantation of bone from elsewhere in their body. The available amount is limited and harvesting leads to complications. The researchers will produce and study thousands of potential artificial implants, to find a perfect, inexpensive replacement for a patient’s own bone.

How to mix the perfect high entropy alloy cocktail?

Dr. F.H.W. (Fritz) Körmann, University of Technology Delft (3ME)

High entropy alloys follow a new alloying strategy by mixing many elements in nearequal fractions. Some of these “alloy-cocktails” reveal unanticipatedly excellent materials properties, but the underlying reasons are not understood. New alloy design principles towards outstanding properties without scarce elements will be explored through computer simulations.

Light and sound-based signal processing in silicon nitride

Dr. D.A.I. (David) Marpaung, University of Twente

This project will develop an advanced signal processing technology based on the exquisite light and hypersound interactions in a silicon nitride photonic circuit. This so-called Brillouin integrated signal processor will serve as a critical technology for spectrum management and utilization in future wireless and optical networks.

From data to smart machines

Dr.ir. T.A.E. (Tom) Oomen, Eindhoven University of Technology

Future high-tech machines will be highly complex with many actuators and sensors. The proposed framework will exploit learning from the abundance of data to allow machines to self-adapt. This will enable a new generation of machines with unparalleled accuracy, speed, and cost for future manufacturing and scientific instruments.

New Light for Nanolithography

Dr. O.O. (Oscar) Versolato, FOM

Nanolithography with extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) light will save Moore’s law, and shrink chips to ever smaller sizes. However, the generation of EUV light remains a challenge. I will meet this challenge by building a strong scientific base that will underpin more stable and powerful laser-produced plasma sources of EUV light.

An overview of all 89 awarded Vidi grants can be found here.


Source: NWO


Science area

Applied and Engineering Sciences


Talent Scheme


Anne van der Ham, MSc (Programmamedewerker) Anne van der Ham, MSc (Programmamedewerker) +31 (0)30 6001316 a.vanderham@nwo.nl