NWO Vidi grant for Peter Korevaar
Peter Korevaar, researcher within the Institute for Molecules and Materials (IMM) of the Radboud University, has been awarded a NWO Vidi Grant. Vidi is a funding instrument of the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO). This grant allows researchers to develop an innovative line of research and build up their own research group for the next five years.
Molecular information processing in self-organized networks
Living matter is entirely driven by chemistry, and acts as a “chemical computer” where chemical signals are exchanged and processed to direct the spontaneous build‐up of organisms. In synthetic materials, this enables fundamentally new potential where functions – motion, growth, shape‐transformation – are directed via molecular information processing, rather than traditional electronics. The researchers will demonstrate this principle in networks of self‐assembling wires, which spontaneously grow, transfer chemical signals between sender and receiver agents and thereby – via a cascade of input‐output steps – direct the self‐organization of patterns. This might lead to e.g. neuromorphic sensors or self‐adapting lab‐on‐a‐chip applications.
Peter Korevaar is researcher in the Physical Organic Chemistry group and has his own research group in Life-Like Materials. They aim to understand how living cells organize their contents and reactions, and they make synthetic cells and organelles that capture key physical characteristics of cells, such as self-sustained growth, division, adaptation, sensing and communication.
Vidi is aimed at excellent researchers who have been producing successful research for a number of years since obtaining their PhD. Together with Veni and Vici, Vidi is part of the NWO Talent Programme. A total of 625 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. 101 grants were approved in this round, with the following eight researchers from Radboud University and Radboudumc.
We warmly congratulate Peter with his grant!
Official press release NWO: 101 researchers receive NWO-Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros | NWO
Korevaar-Like-life Materials group: Radboud Universiteit - Life-like Materials (ru.nl)