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NWO awards a Vici grant to Professor Marco Fraaije after an administrative reconsideration. The grant has been awarded for the project ‘Vitamins for proteins: equipping enzymes with new cofactors’ which only just missed the selection in 2012.
Every life form is dependent on enzymes. Most enzymes contain an essential auxiliary matter, a so-called co-factor, for their functioning. Recently, it has been discovered that many bacteria use an unusual cofactor. The researchers will study the enzymes that are dependent on these cofactor, in view of new industrial applications and development of new antibiotics.
The grant is for his project ‘Quenching the thirst for privacy: a system-theoretic approach’.
Eleven international awardees have been selected based on excellence in research, distinguished accomplishments in education, and demonstrated leadership in the chemical sciences.
Plastics are among the most successful materials of modern times. However, they also create a huge waste problem. Scientists from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in...