ERC funded scientists

The European Research Council (ERC), supports excellence in research in EU member countries. The Council primarily does this by three major systems for research that fits within the EU's Seventh Framework Programme. ERC Starting Grants for outstanding scientists who are at the beginning of his career, ERC Consolidator Grant to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme and ERC Advanced Grants that can be awarded to researchers who has established their own research groups.



We are proud to have several such outstanding scientists at Chalmers.

ERC Advanced Grants



Per Stenström,
professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has received  2.3 million euro for a research project named Meeting the challenges in computer architecture. The project takes an unconventional approach to address three important challenges facing computer architecture: parallelism, power and predictability. Will run from February 2014 to 2019.
Read: Meeting the challenges in computer architecture 2013.


Per-Simon Kildal,
professor at the Department of Signals and Systems, has received €  2,5 million for a research project entitled Waveguide-type semiconductor integrated circuits in gaps between conducting surfaces with texture – architecture, electromagnetic modeling and micromachining. Will run from 2013 to 2017.  (*1951 †2016)


Peter Andrekson,
professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, has received €  2.5 million for a research project entitled Phase-sensitive optical parametric amplifiers. Will run from 2012 to 2017.


Read: an interview with Peter Andrekson


Anders Lyngfelt,
professor at the Department of Energy and Environment, has received €  2.5 million for a research project entitled Novel combustion principle with inherent capture of CO2 using combined manganese oxides that release oxygen. Will run from 2012 to 2017.




Andrew Ewing,
professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received €  2.5 million for a research project entitled Ultrasmall Chemical Imaging of Cells and Vesicular Release. Will run from 2011 to 2016.

Jens Nielsen,
professor of systems biology at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received €  2.5 million for research that is to get cells to produce chemicals more efficient than today by designing efficient cell factories, especially for yeast. The research project is entitled Industrial Systems Biology of Yeast and A. oryzae and will run from 2010 to 2015.



Per Delsing,
a physics professor, has received € 2.5 million for research dealing with new technology to make quantum optical experiments, which provide opportunities to "play with single photons," that is, particles of light. The research project is entitled Quantum optics with microwave photons, building a tool-box based on superconducting technology and will run from 2010 to 2015.
Read: an interview with Per Delsing

Bengt Nordén,
professor of physical chemistry, has received € 1.7 million for research into the mechanical energy can be generated and carried over long distances using large molecules. The research project is entitled Sumo Supramolecular Motive Power PE4 and will run from 2009 to 2014.



Owe Orwar,
professor of physical chemistry, has received over € 2 million for research into the complex control of soft materials on the nanoscale which is a combination of chemistry, physics and biology. The research project is entitled Soft Matter Nanotechnology to Create Life-Like Machines and will run from 2009 to 2014.



ERC Consolidator Grants


Tünde Fülöp,
professor in Nuclear Engineering at the Department of Applied Physics, has received 2 million euro for research on theoretical plasma physics for a five-year research project entitled PLASMA / Running away and radiating. The project is about developing new ways of modelling particle acceleration in plasmas. Will run from 2015 to 2020.
More about Tündes research: 20 million reasons to run away and radiate


Wouter Vlemmings,
professor in radio astronomy and astrophysics at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, has received €  2 million for a five-year research project entitled Magnetic fields and the outflows during the formation and evolution of stars. Will run from 2014 to 2019.
More about Wouters' research:
TEDx Göteborg 2012: Wouter Vlemmings on the Universe 18 November 2012

ERC Starting Grants



Andreas Ekström,
assistant professor in Subatomic and Plasma Physics at the Department of Physics, has received means for a five-year research project entitled Strong interactions for precision nuclear physics, PrecisionNuclei. The project focuses on developing a novel methodology to construct a precise description of the interaction between protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei.Preliminary start-up 2017, will run to 2022.
More about the research: He will explore the secrets of the strong force in atomic nuclei 25 August 2017


Christoph Langhammer,
associate professor in chemical physics at the Department of Applied Physics, has received 1.5 million for a five-year research project entitled Single Nanoparticle Catalysis, SINCAT. The project focuses on the characterisation of catalytic processes on individual nanoparticles. Will run 2016–2020.


Laura Kovacs,
assiciate professor in software technology at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has received 1.5 million for a five-year research project entitled Symbolic Computation and Automated Reasoning for Program Analysis (Symcar). 2015–2019.


Christian Müller,
assistant professor in polymer technology at the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, has received 1.5 million for a five-year research project entitledWoven and 3D-printed Thermoelectric Textiles (ThermoTex). 2015–2019.
Read: We are all power plants 19 February 2016


Kasper Moth-Poulsen,
assistant professor in applied chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, has received
1.5 million for a five-year research project entitled Single Molecule Nano Electronics (Simone). 2014–2018.
Read more about Kasper's research:
Moth-Poulsen awarded Future Research Leader grant
7 November 2013
Synthetic molecule stores solar energy27 November 2012


Andrei Sabelfeld,
assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has received € 1.5 million for a five-year research project entitled  Programming Language-Based Security To Rescue (Prosecutor). (2012)

Sergey Cherednichenko,
researcher at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, has received € 1.5 million for a five-year research project entitled Study of Novel Low Noise Superconducting Mixers for Terahertz / Radio Astronomy (Teramix). (2012)

Robert Berman,
assistant professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, has received € 1.2 million for a five-year research project entitled Kähler-Einstein metrics, random point processes and variational principles (Random-Kahler). (2012)


Henk Wymeersch,
assistant professor at the Department of Signals and Systems, has received € 1.5 million for a five-year research project on Cooperative Situational Awareness for Wireless Networks. (2011)

Christian Forssén,
associate professor of theoretical physics, has received € 1.3 million for a five-year research project in theoretical nuclear and atomic physics to the development of theoretical models to describe certain quantum mechanical systems. (2009)



Joakim Andréasson,
assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has received € 1 million for a five-year research project on how the so-called photochromic molecules can be used in cancer treatment. (2007)


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Published: Fri 15 Jun 2012. Modified: Mon 28 Aug 2017