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ERC-Grants for 11 AcademiaNet members

2.6.2016 | 277 senior researchers received an ERC Advanced Grant, each worth 2,5 million Euros. Among them are Susanne Albers, Gabriela Constantin, Rachel Griffith, Martina Havenith, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Eva Schinnerer, Christa Schleper, Dr. Maria Sibilia, Ingrid Van Keilegom, and Hanna Vehkamäki. AcademiaNet says: Congratulations!
Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer
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Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer
The team of Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer is developing novel solutions to meet the worldwide strive for cost-effective and environmentally-friendly energy, with an emphasis on clean energy technologies, including carbon dioxide capture, transport, storage and utilisation. Maroto-Valer is also coordinating an international research programme in solar fuels. She is the first professor to hold the Robert Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Maroto-Valer studied at the University of Strathclyde, also in Scotland, and received her PhD there as well. She moved to the US for postdoc research and returned to the UK in 2005 as a Reader at the University of Nottingham.

Prof. Maria Sibilia
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Prof. Maria Sibilia
The focus of Prof. Maria Sibilia's laboratory at the Medical University of Vienna is to understand the molecular pathways leading to diseases such as cancer. Her team studies how signalling via the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) affects the development of epithelial and glial cells and tumors in a mouse model. The researchers also study immune cells, for instance their anti-tumor immune responses, and inflammation. Sibilia studied biology at the University of Pavia, Italy, and received her PhD there. She moved to Vienna in 1993 for postdoc research.

Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki's research group studies atmospheric aerosols: these are solid or liquid particles suspended in atmospheric air. Aerosol particles can both warm and cool the climate, but their combined net effect is cooling. So for climate models and predictions, it is important to better understand their formation. The group's focus is on the formation and properties of the smallest of aerosol particles, using computational and theoretical methods to understand cluster and particle formation. They use a palette of different modeling approaches from inexpensive hard sphere collision theories and bulk liquid approximations to high level quantum mechanical treatment of each electron.
Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki's research group
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(© Hanna Vehkamäki, University of Helsinki)


Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki's research group | Computational Aerosol Physics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. From left: Evgeni Zapadinsky, Narcisse Tsona, Roope Halonen, Olli Pakarinen, Hanna Vehkamäki, Tuomo Ponkkonen, Nanna Myllys, Jonas Elm

To find out more about the other eight AcademiaNet researchers to receive ERC Advanced Grants in 2016, please read about their work in their AcademiaNet profiles below.
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