Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2020
Volume 65, Number 1
Monday–Friday, March 2–6, 2020; Denver, Colorado
Session S37: Top Science in Europe: Early Career Scientists and the ERC Grants
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Sponsoring Units: FIP FECS
Chair: Maria Longobardi
Abstract: S37.00003 : Obtaining an ERC Starting Grant*
(Univ of Vienna)
(Univ of Vienna)
In 2014, I discovered that the scattering of energetic electrons can cause silicon impurities to move through the graphene lattice, revealing a potential for atomically precise manipulation using the focused electron probe. To develop this into a practical technique, improvements in the description of beam-induced displacements, advances in heteroatom implantation, and a concerted effort towards the automation of manipulations were required in a multidisciplinary effort combining computational and experimental work in a custom-modified scanning transmission electron microscope electron microscope.
In this talk, I will describe my journey from designing a high-risk, high-reward frontier research project to writing a successful proposal and presenting it to my peers in a grant interview. After successfully receiving the grant and completing the grant negotiations, I started my project in October 2017. The generous support of 1.5 million euros over five years from an ERC Starting Grant allowed me to start my own research group devoted to this topic, and gave ample visibility within my university. This and the fact the grant is tied to my person and transferrable to another institution directly contributed to the tenure track position I received at the University of Vienna in 2019.
*Toma Susi is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) Grant 756277-ATMEN.
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