Vici grant of 1,5 million euro for Jos Oomens

28 January 2012

The Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Jos Oomens of the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen a prestigious Vici grant. Oomens is a professor at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences.

Prof.dr. Jos Oomens. Photo by Jeroen Oerlemans.

The Netherlands Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Jos Oomens of the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen a prestigious Vici grant. Oomens heads the Molecular Dynamics group at FOM-Rijnhuizen and is also professor with the Molecular Photonics group of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences. He receives 1.5 million Euro for his research on the chemistry underlying novel peptide sequencing methods.

In his research Jos Oomens focuses on determining the structure of molecules, using a powerful combination of mass spectrometry and infrared spectroscopy. He plans to use his Vici-grant to investigate the hidden details of peptide sequencing. The standard technique in this field is dissociation in a mass spectrometer, but the exact reaction mechanisms remain under much debate.

The Vici grant is the pinnacle of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme, set up in 2000 jointly by NWO, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Dutch universities. The scheme is directed at providing encouragement for individual researchers by giving talented, creative researchers the opportunity to pursue their own research programme. The scheme consists of three grants: Veni, Vidi and Vici.

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