Two CNG scientists receive Villum Experiment grants

Wednesday 11 Sep 19


Tim Booth
Associate Professor
DTU Physics
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Nicolas Stenger
Associate Professor
DTU Fotonik
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Antti-Pekka Jauho
DTU Physics
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Associate Professors Tim Booth (DTU Physics) and Nicolas Stenger (DTU Fotonik) have received Villum Experiment grants at 2 MDKK. each. A whopping 449 applicants submitted their ideas to Villum Foundation, and the two CNG scientists are among the 52 lucky winners who now can test their ideas in a unique setting.

Nicolas Stenger has been awarded 1.9 MDKK from VILLUM FONDEN for his Villum Experiment research grant proposal entitled “A single-photon emitter at mid-infrared frequencies”. “I’m a delighted that the VILLUM FONDEN gives me the opportunity to pursue an idea that has been growing in my mind for a couple of years and which, I hope, will change the way we do spectroscopy at mid-infrared frequencies in the true nanoscale.” Nicolas says. Nicolas and a postdoc will engineer optical phonons in low-dimensional materials such as graphene to generate single quanta of light for potential applications, such as quantum sensing, at mid-infrared frequencies.

Tim Booth has been awarded 2 MDKK for his project titled: “IonGate - Bio-inspired synthetic active transport membranes based on van der Waals heterostructures”. Tim explains: “Separating out parts of a fluid mixture is critical for a huge range of human activities, from the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, to battery technologies, to the production of freshwater from seawater. Today we rely on high temperatures, passive filtration or big external pressure gradients to do this. In the IonGate project we will try to use engineered stacks of nanoporous 2D materials to copy biological life’s trick of active transport – concentrating fluid components ‘uphill’ against concentration gradients – using electrical energy.” Tim continues: “I am delighted that IonGate is amongst the ideas chosen by the VILLUM FONDEN for support. Thanks to the unique anonymous application process, Villum Experiment proposals are judged on a level playing field and researchers like me can get a chance to test our more unorthodox ideas. I’m really looking forward to getting started!”

Center leader Professor Antti-Pekka Jauho says: “It is a true pleasure to see two of our junior members at CNG receive these grants, which allow them to pursue their own, independent ideas. CNG started as a pure basic science effort, but thanks to the long-standing support of DNRF we have had the opportunity to lay down the ground work which now begins to bear fruit, and exciting applications begin to emerge.”

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