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


Syntolkning: foto på Susanne Aalto.
Susanne Aalto,
professor in radio astronomy at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, has received 2.5 million for a research project named Hidden. The project is about exploring how supermassive black holes – like the one in the middle of the Milky Way – grow together with their host galaxies. Starts in 2018 and will run for five years.
Read: Exploring the hidden nuclei of galaxies

Syntolkning: foto på Jonathan Tan.
Jonathan Tan,
professor in Radio Physics at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, has received 2.5 million for a research project named MSTAR – Massive star formation through the universe. The project will focus on massive star formation, in current times, as well as in the very early days of the Universe. Starts in 2018 and will run for five years.
Read: A star is born – but how?

Syntolkning: foto på Andrew Ewing.
Andrew Ewing,
professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has received an ERC Advanced Grant for the second time. It gives €  2.5 million to a research project that will give greater insight into if the chemical processes of brain cells can lay the groundwork for new ways to cure brain-related diseases where short-term memory is affected. Starts in 2018 and will run for five years.
Read:  ERC provides funding to develop new methods to study brain cells


Per Stenström,
professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has received 2.3 million 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: 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: 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



Fredrik Westerlund,
professor in Chemical Biology at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering has received a Consolidator Grant for his project “Next Generation Nanofluidics for Single Molecule Analysis of DNA Repair Dynamics” (nanoDNArepair). He will study how damaged DNA is repaired, and why are there sometimes errors in the process. Starts in 2020 and will run until 2025.​
Read: ERC-grant for next generation DNA-repair analysis 10 December 2019


Åsa Haglund,
professor at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2, has been awarded a Consolidator Grant on EUR 2 million for a research project titled UV-LASE. The project goal is to demonstrate an electrically driven ultraviolet-emitting vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. Starts in 2020 and will run until 2025. 
Read: MC2 researcher gets major grant from The European Research Council 10 December 2019


Victor Torres Company,
associate professor in Photonics at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, has received EUR 2.25 million for a research project entitled Dark-Soliton Engineering in Microresonator Frequency Combs, (DarkComb). The project focuses on developing laser technology for future fiber-optic communication systems. DarkComb starts in 2018 and will run until 2022.
Read: Prestigious EU funding for photonic research 5 December 2017

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.
Read: 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: Wouter Vlemmings puzzling out the universe | 2012 18 November 2012

ERC Starting Grants



Jessica Jewell​,
assistant professor in Energy Transitions at Department of Space, Earth and Environment has been awarded a 1.5€ million grant for a project entitled Mechanisms and actors of feasible energy transitions (MANIFEST). The project will advance our understanding of whether and under what conditions it is feasible to avoid dangerous climate change. Will run from 2021–2026.
ReadMapping the future for feasible climate action 7 September 2020


Marianne Liebi,
adjunct associate professor at the Department of Physics has received starting grant of EUR 1,5 million for her research programme “MUMOTT”. The basic idea is to study the material’s interactions with electromagnetic waves. The researchers will use both visible light and X-rays in their work. Will run from 2021–2026.
ReadShe dives into complex materials – in a new way 3 September 2020


Andreas Ekström,
assistant professor in Subatomic and Plasma Physics at the Department of Physics, has received 1.5 million 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.
Read: 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,
associate 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: 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). 2012–2017

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). 2012–2017.

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 11 Sep 2020.