VENI grant for Ran Ni
HIMS researcher Ran Ni has been awarded a VENI grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO. He will study the dynamic phase transition in systems of active matter by using computer simulations, focusing on glass transition and crystallisation. Different from passive matter, active matter is capable of converting biological and/or chemical energy to movement, introducing a variety of strikingly new phenomena.
Ran Ni, a graduate in Chemical Engineering of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, obtained his PhD in Physics at Utrecht University in 2012. He is now a postdoctoral fellow working both with professor Peter Bolhuis of the HIMS Computational Chemistry research group and with professor Martien Cohen Stuart of Wageningen University.
The Veni grant is part of the NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme. It allows outstanding researchers who have recently obtained their PhD to conduct independent research and develop their ideas for a period of three years.