Prestigious Veni grant was awarded to Ghislaine Vantomme

No fewer than seven talented, young TU/e researchers have received a Veni grant of up to 250,000 euros. This equals the highest number of Veni’s ever gained by TU/e.

The seven TU/e winners will be undertaking research in fields ranging from oil paintings and improved silicon solar cells to a new type of battery and polymers that are vibrated by light. The last time the university had so many winners was in 2010. In 2006 and 2003 there were also seven Veni grant winners. 

The ‘Veni’ is awarded each year by NWO. This grant is aimed at giving promising young researchers the possibility to spend three years developing their ideas. In total, this round saw 1127 submissions by researchers of research projects for funding, 154 of which were ultimately honored.

One of the winners is Dr. Ghislaine Vantomme

Vibrated by light

Dr. Ghislaine Vantomme  – Institute for Complex Molecular Systems
(prof.dr. Bert Meijer)

French researcher Ghislaine Vantomme (31) will build on the world first recently presented by TU/e researchers in Nature. She wants to take the next step in polymers that react to light with an uncontrolled movement and work towards self-sufficient materials with surfaces that vibrate in a controlled way to a constant beam of light. These surfaces can be used for self-cleaning and the transport of liquids through membranes or pipelines.