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ERC Consolidator Grant funding

The European Research Council (ERC) funding is awarded to leading researchers for pioneering work at the frontiers of science.

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD.

Prof Jan Deska

Jan Deska

Project: "Artificial Enzyme Modules as Tools in a Tailor-made Biosynthesis (ABIONYS)"
Duration: 2020 - 2025

With his project, Artificial Enzyme Modules as Tools in a Tailor-made Biosynthesis (ABIONYS), Professor Deska aims to challenge the fundamental distinction separating the chemical from the biological sciences, and deliver the first proof-of-concept where non-natural reactions act as productive puzzle pieces in biosynthetic arrangements.

The knowledge gathered from enzyme discovery and cascade design will enable the creation of new and powerful bioproduction systems. It’s within these systems that the genetic incorporation of artificial enzyme functions into recombinant microbial host organisms will yield tailor-made cellular factories.

Person profile Jan DeskaNews: Nearly 4 million euro for pioneering research in machine vision and tailor-made biosynthesis

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Paula Hohti

Project: "Re-fashioning the Renaissance: Popular Groups, Fashion and the Material and Cultural Significance of Clothing in Europe, 1550–1650."
Duration: 2017 - 2022

The five-year project led by Professor Paula Hohti, entitled Re-fashioning the Renaissance: Popular Groups, Fashion and the Material and Cultural Significance of Clothing in Europe, 1550-1650, will investigate the meaning and spread of western fashion in 17th century Europe. Hohti and her research group will develop hand-on methods in which they will work in many different ways with the textile samples.

Using up-to-date techniques, the researchers can also experiment with new methods and reconstruct poor-quality articles of clothing. A 3D camera will assist in the modelling process and using 3D printing woven fabrics and clothing can be produced. The intention is that the researchers will also grow flax in their own greenhouse facilities.

Person profile Paula HohtiNews: Professor Paula Hohti receives two million euros of ERC funding for research into renaissance fashion and culture

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Matti Kummu

Project: "SOS.aquaterra - Respecting safe operating spaces: opportunities to meet future food demand with sustainable use of water and land resources".
Duration: 2019 - 2024

Matti Kummu, Assistant Professor of global water issues, aims to tackle this grand challenge in his new project SOS.aquaterra - Respecting safe operating spaces: opportunities to meet future food demand with sustainable use of water and land resource. The project received two million euros funding from the European Research Council (ERC) through the ERC Consolidator Grant programme. The main aim is to assess globally what are the feasible opportunities to meet the future food demand with sustainable use of natural resources.

The five-year project develops novel integrated modelling and data analysis methods to fully exploit the global open spatio-temporal datasets together with outputs from global agrological and hydrological models.

Person profile Matti KummuProject web page (wdrg.aalto.fi)News: Assistant Professor Matti Kummu secures €2 million ERC grant to explore sustainable ways to meet the growing food demand

Jaakko Lehtinen

Jaakko Lehtinen

Project: "Learning Pixel-Perfect 3D Vision and Generative Modeling"
Duration: 2020 - 2025

Professor Jaakko Lehtinen’s project, Learning Pixel-Perfect 3D Vision and Generative Modeling (PIPE), focuses on how to bring models based on machine vision, machine learning, and physics together. The project explores the most fundamental questions of machine vision research; how can we teach a machine to perceive the world as animals do? Lehtinen’s work could also be used to help improve AI applications, like robots.

Person profile Jaakko LehtinenNews: Nearly 4 million euro for pioneering research in machine vision and tailor-made biosynthesis

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Emma Master

Project: "Bio-derived HIgh Value polymers through novel Enzyme function (BIHIVE)"
Duration: 2015 - 2020

The Bio-derived HIgh Value polymers through novel Enzyme function project aims to accelerate benefits of the genomic era, by finding novel proteins and enzymes with totally new and useful properties in the modification and processing of renewable resources (e.g. lignocellulose). These will be discovered using most modern techniques of biotechnology for protein selection and functional characterization, and by concentrating on less characterized enzyme families with potential applications in the field.

One of the key parts of the project will be the development of new methods to increase the efficiency in finding proteins and enzymes with desired properties within extremely varied and numerous protein candidates.

Person profile Emma MasterNews: Emma Master has received an ERC Consolidator Grant

Mikko Möttönen

Mikko Möttönen

Project: "Quantum Environment Engineering for Steered Systems"
Duration: 2015 - 2020

Person profile Mikko Möttönen

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Robin Ras

Project: "Superslippery Liquid-Repellent Surfaces: Towards Orders of Magnitude Reduction in Droplet Friction"
Duration: 2017 - 2022

In this ERC project. led by Professor Robin Ras, the aim is to substantially progress the development of new types of enhanced non-wetting surfaces. Superhydrophobic surfaces have tremendous application potential because of their anti-icing and anti-bio-fouling properties. For example, clothes, camera lenses, and phones could be kept dry and clean, as well as cars, ships, airplanes, and solar cells could stay clean of contamination and ice.

Another potential field of application is microfluidics, where small volumes of liquid are flowing through channels, and cleanliness of the surfaces is very important. Superhydrophobic surfaces could be implemented, for example, in medical diagnostic lab-on-a-chip devices for blood testing and analysis.

Person profile Robin Ras

News: Physicist Robin Ras receives 2 million euro ERC funding for research on non-wetting surfaces

Professor Miina Rautiainen

Miina Rautiainen

Project: "From needles to landscapes: a novel approach to scaling forest spectra"
Duration: 2018 - 2023

Thousands of satellites orbit the Earth, generating an ever-increasing amount of data. Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing Miina Rautiainen aims to develop a mathematical model for processing the information in satellite images in order to help monitor forests from space with significantly greater detail than is currently possible.

Rautiainen´s research project, entitled From needles to landscapes: a novel approach to scaling forest spectra aims to further the basic theory of remote sensing and to use these advances to monitor forests around the world.

Person profile Miina RautiainenNews: Monitoring the world’s forests with satellite data – Assistant Professor Miina Rautiainen granted 2 million in ERC funding

Professor Mika Sillanpää

Mika Sillanpää

Project: "Cavity quantum phonon dynamics"
Duration: 2015 - 2020

Professor Mika Sillanpää and his group are at the moment trying to carry out experiments to prove quantum phenomena in moving objects, micromechanical resonators. They are like tiny drums of a size of one tenth of the diameter of a strand of hair. The idea is to have the resonator in a quantum-mechanical superposition, i.e. in a state in which the particles are in two places simultaneously.

Person profile Mika SillanpääNews: Born to be a physicist

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