Prestigious ERC Advanced Grant to Rienk van Grondelle

28 October 2010

The grant of almost 3 million euros will fund his research into the role chlorophyll-binding proteins play in determining the success of photosynthesis.

What role do chlorophyll-binding proteins play in determining the success of photosynthesis? This is what Rienk van Grondelle, a biophysicist at VU University Amsterdam, intends to discover over the next few years. His work will be funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant of almost 3 million euros. Supported by the ERC Advanced Grant, which is presented to exceptional individual researchers to pursue cutting-edge research, the knowledge generated by this study will make a valuable contribution to the application and implementation of photosynthesis in food and/or fuel production.