Prof. Devaraj van der Meer of the University of Twente (MESA+) is fascinated by the impact of liquid droplets. What happens in the special case of a boiling droplet that hits a surface? For finding this out, he now receives a Vici grant, worth 1.5 million euros, from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2012, he also received a Vidi for his work.
The impact of a droplet on a surface is well understood. But what about liquid that is boiling? This 'messes up' all known physics, caused by vaporisation. The impact of boiling liquid plays a role in transport of liquified natural gas (LNG), for example. Devaraj van der Meer is Professor of Granular Matter and Interstitial Liquids. He's interested in the interaction of liquids and granular matter like sand - that sometimes behaves like liquid as well. One of the recent publications of his group was about the behaviour of a droplet on a very cold surface - also called the inverse Leidenfrost Effect. In 2012, Van der Meer received a Vidi grant for his research on the impact of liquid on granular matter.
The Vici grant, worth 1.5 million euros, is the highest in the Veni-Vidi-Vici programme of NWO. It enables very experienced researchers to form and strengthen their research group. Of 239 proposals, 32 were awarded, worth 48 million euros in total.
More on all new Vici-laureates in NWO's press release.