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Posted: July 19, 2010
Nanophotonics proposal wins 1.5m euro European Research Council grant
(Nanowerk News) The European Research Council (ERC) has again granted one of the prestigious Starting Independent Researcher Grants to a member of the Center for NanoScience (CeNS). Prof. Thomas Klar convinced the peer review panel of the ERC in the category "Physical Science and Engineering" with his research proposal called "ActiveNP" which stands for "Active and Low Loss Nanophotonics " and will now receive a sum of about 1.5 Mio € for the next 5 years.
Thomas Klar experimentally realized the first working STED microscope during his time as a PhD student in the group of Stefan Hell at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. From 2001 to 2007 he worked in the group of Jochen Feldmann on nanophotonics and hybrid nanomaterials. During this time he also spent several months in the group of Vladimir Shalaev at Purdue University working on metamaterials. In 2007 he accepted a call for an Associate Professorship at Ilmenau University of Technology. In September 2010 he will move on to a Full Professorship for Applied Physics at the Johannes-Kepler University in Linz.
Thomas Klar stands in a row of winners of an ERC grant with affiliations to CeNS. He follows Jens Michaelis (LMU Munich) and Matthias Schneider (at that time at the University of Augsburg) who received the Grant in 2009. In 2010 there are three more grantees from CENS: Dieter Braun and Rainer Hillenbrand who were successful in this year's call in the category "Physical Science and Engineering" and Philip Tinnefeld who succeeded in the category "Life Sciences".
ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants (ERC Starting Grants) aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe.