Yorick Birkhölzer (TNW) will synthesize a nanoscale model system to study the coupling between crystal structure and electronic properties in metal-insulator transitions. ‘Imagine that we could engineer the electrical properties of a material on demand: ultrafast and energy-efficient electronic switches would become a reality’. The name of this research is: Conductivity on demand: Turning an insulator into a metal.
Birkhölzer is a recently graduated scholar and can do his research at a foreign research institute thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO and ZonMw. He will continue his work for eighteen months at the Cornell University in the United States. NWO and ZonMw: “For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The Rubicon programme gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.”
Thanks to the Rubicon grant young researchers can do their research at a foreign institute that offers the best environment for their research. The size of the grant is dependent on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. Each year, NWO/ZonMw can fund about 60 young researchers within Rubicon (for a total amount of 7 million euros allocated over three rounds). The awards in this news item concern the third round of 2022.