NWO Vici grant for UvA phycisist Peter Schall
Dr Peter Schall, associate professor at the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam, has been awarded a prestigious Vici grant of 1.5 MEuro from NWO for his research project 'Nanoarchitectures: Smart Assembly, Quantum Electronics and Soft Mechanics'.
In his research project, Schall aims to build architectures at the nanoscale. The design of structures at the nanometer scale promises new materials with exceptional properties. In recent years, Schall and his team has pioneered an assembly technique based on so-called 'critical Casimir forces', allowing for unprecedented active assembly control. In the Vici project, the researchers will use this technique to assemble complex nanostructures from new nanometer-size building blocks. They will then investigate the mechanical and electronic properties of these structures.
These controlled assembly of these nanostructures makes them good candidate materials for applications in the design of new nanostructured materials with novel mechanical and opto-electronic properties for artificial tissue and high-efficiency solar cells.
About Peter Schall
Dr Peter Schall went to the Rhineland-Westphalian Technical University in Aachen for his undergraduate and PhD education. He performed his PhD research at the Research Center Jülich with Prof. Knut Urban. From 2002-2005, he worked as a postdoc with Prof David Weitz and Prof Frans Spaepen at Harvard University. In 2005, he joined the University of Amsterdam as the first scientist on a tenure track within the UvA Faculty of Science, where he got tenure in 2011. Prior to the present NWO Vici grant he had also received an NWO Vidi grant, as well as numerous other grants from NWO, and FOM.
About the NWO Vici Talent Scheme
Vici is part of NWO's Talent Scheme, which consists of the Veni, Vidi and Vici grants. With this scheme NWO offers scientists in different phases of their career the opportunity to carry out groundbreaking research. In the 2013 round, only two physics proposals were granted nationally, of which Peter Schall's proposal is one.