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Dr. Xiaoying Zhuang was awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018

Dr. Xiaoying Zhuang was awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018

Dr. Xiaoying Zhuang was awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 from the European Research Council. With the so-called ERC Starting Grants, within Europe excellent and visionary research of outstanding young researchers is funded with up to 1.5 million euros.

The project of Dr. Zhuang “COTOFLEXI” ( with similar sound to Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in south America) is about “ Computational Modelling, Topological Optimization and Design of Flexoelectric Nano Energy Harvester”. It is dedicated to support the development of next generation self-powered MNEMS based on flexoelectricity with multiscale and multiphysics computational framework. It will enable strain engineering of 2D materials at different length scale through optimization and virtual testing. So that in the future flexible, soft and nontoxic materials can be used for developing compact, wireless and mobile devices such as medical implant. This project will support Dr. Zhuang with 1,5 Million Euros to build up her team in this research direction.


Congratulations to Ms. Xiaoying Zhuang for receiving this prestigious funding!