The structure under which the grants are being issued is slightly different than usual this year. Today’s awards relate to part of ‘Veni round 2021’, from the science domain Exact and Natural Sciences. A decision will be made in 2022 on the allocations in the ‘Social Sciences and Humanities’ and ‘Applied and Engineering Sciences’.
The UvA recipients
- Dr Fabian Eisenreich (Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences): Shining light on green chemistry
Sustainable technologies are key to reduce our future environmental footprint. In terms of green chemistry, the top priority is the development of efficient methods for performing chemical reactions in pure water. Eisenreich will use tailor-made nanoreactors to conduct valuable chemical transformations in aqueous solutions with the power of (sun)light.
- Dr Giulia Giubertoni (Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences): Understanding the molecular origin of collagen’s mechanical failure in osteogenesis imperfecta
Osteogenesis imperfecta is a life-changing, occasionally lethal, disease caused by mutations in the genes encoding collagen, the main building block of all human connective tissues such as bones. Giubertoni will investigate the molecular origin of this disease and identify the molecular properties determining the success or failure of collagen biomaterials.