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VILLUM FONDEN grants DKK 39.8 M for developing dynamic crystallography

Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen from Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) has been selected as a Villum Investigator and receives DKK 39,8 M to develop new materials.

2019.04.04 | Peter F. Gammelby & Lise Refstrup Linnebjerg Pedersen

Villum Investigator grant to Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen (DKK 39,8 M) from Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (INANO) to develop new materials. (Photo by Lars Kruse, AU)

Villum Investigator grant to Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen (DKK 39,8 M) from Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (INANO) to develop new materials. (Photo by Lars Kruse, AU)

This year, VILLUM FONDEN grants DKK 410 M to a total of 11 experienced and internationally recognised researchers in the technical and natural sciences.

One of the grants goes to iNANO affiliated researcher at Department of Chemistry.

Dynamic crystallography

Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen from Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) receives DKK 39.8 M to develop dynamic crystallography in order to create the foundation for future material technologies. He will do this by utilising the new revolutionary research facilities right on our doorstep: the MAX IV synchrotron and the ESS neutron source in Skåne and the XFEL X-ray laser in northern Germany.

With them, he and his team of researchers can study structures of real materials under real-life conditions, rather than static and average crystal structures under idealised conditions. By studying the disorder in the crystalline structures, he hopes to create the opportunity to tailor nanocrystals and perhaps even control this disorder to create brand new features in materials.

People rather than projects

The Villum Investigator programme places the researcher at the center and focuses on the researchers' past work and ability to build internationally recognised research environments. "Through long-term funding, the idea is to give researchers peace and opportunity to immerse themselves in the research that they are most preoccupied with, in order to strengthen research that can lead to breakthroughs and surprising results," explains VILLUM FONDEN's research director, Thomas Bjørnholm.

In total  the VILLUM FONDEN grants DKK 185 million for research at Aarhus University. Five of the 11 grants go to research at Aarhus University - three of them even to researchers at the same institute, the Department of Chemistry. Read more in the press release from Science and Technology

Link to press release from VILLUM FONDEN


For further information please contact,

Professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen 
Department of Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO)
E-Mail: bo@chem.au.dk
Mobile: +45 27782887

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