Professor of Theoretical Chemistry Paola Gori-Giorgi receives Vici grant of 1.5 million euros

Paola Gori-Giorgi receives the NWO grant for her research into a new quantum mechanical approach to describe Van der Waal's interactions between molecules.

03/02/2018 | 10:20 AM

Computer simulations

In the past years, drug and material research has become faster and more efficient as a result of the use of computer simulations to select drugs and new materials for experiments in the lab. Although the use of computer simulations is already very common within many (bio) chemical and biomedical processes, many unsolved problems still exist, seriously limiting the reliability of such simulations.

Quantum mechanics calculations

Due to the nature of quantum particles and the interaction between the electrons, quantum mechanics calculations are the most demanding part of these computer simulations. By developing a new mathematical approach to describe Van der Waal's interactions in quantum mechanics, Gori-Giorgi hopes to make computer simulations in chemistry and materials science more reliable, affordable and energy-efficient.

Vici grant

The Vici grant enables Gori-Giorgi to hire 2 postdocs and 2 PhD students and to purchase a computer cluster for this research.

In total 35 scientists, including 5 from VU Amsterdam, have received 1.5 million euros each from NWO to perform research over the next five years. The Vici grant is one of the largest (advanced) personal scientific grants in the Netherlands. It enables scientists to develop their own innovative research line and to build a research group.

Photograph: Yvonne Compier