Two Veni awards to the Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros to 154 researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. The Veni grant provides highly promising young scientists with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

07/28/2017 | 10:23 AM

Two researchers, Liubov Amitonova and Simon Boehme, from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were awarded a Veni grant. The description of the projects can be found below as well as the link to the NWO press release for information on the other VENI laureates.

Super quality pictures through a tiny endoscope
Dr. L.V. (Liubov) Amitonova (f), VU - Biophotonics & Medical Imaging
Optical microscopy is a basic tool for biological research, but light scattering restricts imaging deep inside living organisms. Researchers will use advanced technology of light control in combination with unique fiber probes to create new optical methods for deep-tissue imaging with an unparalleled quality. 

Heating and cooling at the nanoscale
Dr. S.C. (Simon) Boehme (m), VU – Department of Physics and Astronomy
Tiny chunks of semiconductor material (semiconductor “nanocrystals”) may enable cheaper and more efficient devices. To enable commercialization of e.g. nanocrystal solar cells, LEDs, or thermoelectric devices, the applicant will study thermal processes at the nanoscale via laser spectroscopy. Thereby he contributes to the development of urgently needed thermal management strategies.


NWO press release.