ERC Starting Grant funding
Project: "Direct measurements of collective swimming forces at the mesoscale"
Duration: 2024 - 2028
Matilda Backholm aims to understand the complex movement of brine shrimp - a gateway to physics on an unfamiliar scale.
Project: "Interplay of structures in conformal and universal random geometry"
Duration: 2023 - 2027
Eveliina Peltola's Starting Grant project uses symmetries to build links between random phenomena. The goal is to create connections between different areas of mathematics and bring new tools to the research of random geometry and mathematical physics models.
Project: "Comprehensive multiscale modelling of atomistic and electronic structure of radiation-induced defects in semiconductors"
Duration: 2023 -2028
The aim of this five-year research is to improve the prediction of radiation damage in semiconductors. The new method could increase the lifetime of equipment and promote the introduction of new materials in various electronic components.
Project: "Interacting with Active Particles"
Duration: 2019 -2023
This five-year research project Interacting with Active Particles will design a new kind of magnetic tweezers with which to control and study the interaction of moving active particles. The tweezers could be used in microbiological research, for example, to separate and differentiate between various types of cells.
The new extensive research projects led by Professor Jaakko Timonen seek a breakthrough in controlling microscopic active particles with magnetic tweezers. The research focuses on particles that move in different ways: bacteria, microalgae, and synthetic active particles.
The aim is to develop a new type of magnetic tweezers to manipulate rapidly moving active particles in real-time and also to study the mechanisms underlying the interaction between the particles.
Project: "Autonomously adapting and communicating modular textiles"
Duration: 2021 - 2025
Jaana Vapaavuori carries out pioneering research with functional fibres. The study aims to develop smart materials that react to changes in their environment, exploring how soft materials change colours or move in response to changes in light or temperature. These fibres will be built into modular multifunctional textiles using traditional techniques, which enable more complex networks when compared to widely used knitting and weaving techniques.