Veronique Van Speybroeck receives an ERC Consolidator grant

On Friday March 13 2015 the ERC has announced the winners of the ERC Consolidator grants (call 2014). ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme. The scheme is designed to strengthen independent and excellent new individual research teams that have been recently created.

An ERC Consolidator grant (DYNPOR) with topic “First principle molecular dynamics simulations for complex chemical transformations in nanoporous materials” was granted to Veronique Van Speybroeck.

V. Van Speybroeck has built up a vast expertise on the study of first principle chemical kinetics in nanoporous materials using state of the art molecular modelling techniques. This research was performed within the framework of an ERC starting grant which was awarded in 2010 and successfully completed end 2014.

With this new ERC Consolidator grant (DYNPOR), she will focus on the study of first principle molecular dynamics simulations of complex chemical transformations in nanoporous materials. Chemical transformations in nanoporous materials are vital in many application domains, such as catalysis, molecular separations, sustainable chemistry,…. Model-guided design is indispensable to tailoring materials at the nanometer scale level. Within the framework of DYNPOR, chemical and physical transformations will be studied at conditions that mimic as close as possible real operating conditions. The results are expected to have impact far beyond the horizon of the current project as they will contribute to the transition from static to dynamically based modeling tools within heterogeneous catalysis.