Theoretical physicist Rembert Duine (Utrecht University) will receive an NWO Vici grant of 1.5 million euros for his project 'Fluid electronics'. Duine previously received an ERC Consolidator Grant for his research.
In this project, Duine will work on the theoretical description of recently-developed electrical devices that are made of materials that are so pure that the electrons behave as a viscous fluid – analogous to honey. Based on this theory, the analogues of such fluids and, surprisingly, black holes, are exploited to propose energy-efficient devices.
This year, a total of 32 leading scientists will each receive 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This Vici grant will enable them to develop an innovative line of research and set up their own research group in the coming five years. Vici is one of the largest scientific grants for individuals in the Netherlands and targets advanced researchers.