27 January 2016

Two researchers from the Meijer Research Group have each acquired a personal grant from the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) of the European Horizon 2020 subsidy program. The grants, formally labeled as Individual Fellowships, range from 166,000 to 178,000 euro for two years. The projects concern nanoparticles, synthetic enzymes, and spintronics.

Fighting tumors on the spot
Dr. Nathan van Zee (supervisor: Bert Meijer)
A highly promising new therapy to tackle tumors is to administer a drug in an inactive form and then activate it through a chemical reaction at exactly the location of the tumor, for instance by using a synthetic enzyme. In this project Van Zee aims to enhance the properties of potential candidates for this function, single chain polymer nanoparticles.

Organic spintronics
Dr. Chidambar Kulkarni (supervisor: Bert Meijer)
In spintronics the magnetic properties of electrons (the ‘spin’) are used to store data in a computer memory rather than by electrical charge as in electronics. While most research tends to focus on inorganic materials as active components, Kulkarni will be investigating ‘organic’ variants in the form of supramolecular assemblies.