ERC Stories

  • 17260

    Controlled catalysis for ultra-clean fuels

    22/02/2017
    Controlled catalysis for ultra-clean fuels
     22/02/2017

    Catalysts are essential for a lot of chemical production processes, accelerating and enhancing chemical reactions to produce plastics, medicines and fuels more efficiently. Now, thanks to EU-funded research, catalysts are being made more precise and effective with potentially significant benefits for industry and the environment, not least through the development of ultra-clean fuels.
    © picture and illustration: Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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  • 17137

    Hot electronics get magnetic cool

    20/01/2017
    Hot electronics get magnetic cool
     20/01/2017

    The EU-funded HYMAGINE project has combined conventional electronic transistors with new magnetism-based ‘spintronic’ devices to improve information processing speeds and reduce energy consumption.

    Caption: Automatic electrical testing of hybrid CMOS/magnetic chips from HYMAGINE

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  • 17133

    Silicon in a new light

    17/01/2017
    Silicon in a new light
     17/01/2017

    In an early application of a new discovery in semiconductor physics, EU-funded researchers have developed a silicon infrared detector that is simpler and cheaper than conventional detectors. The ultimate goal is a silicon-based laser.

    © Portrait: Kevin Homewood
    © Illustration: Ion Beam Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 5XH, UK

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  • 16840

    Novel therapy starves the engine driving cancer cell growth

    05/12/2016
    Novel therapy starves the engine driving cancer cell growth
     05/12/2016

    European researchers have identified a novel approach to prevent the growth of cancer tumours and inhibit them from spreading, potentially leading to highly effective treatments with fewer side effects.

    © Portrait: Katie Van Geyte
    © Illustration: Microscopic image of the PFKFB3 project – Results published in Cantelmo AR, et al., Cancer Cell 2016  Nov 8

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  • 16834

    Gut bacteria could hold key to new treatments

    30/11/2016
    Gut bacteria could hold key to new treatments
     30/11/2016

    An ERC-funded project has significantly increased understanding of the crucial role that microorganisms in the gut play in maintaining health. The findings have since led to a patent, as well as a follow-on project that could one day steer the way to new targeted treatments for diseases, including cancer.

    Image: FISH analysis performed by Sara Carloni, PhD: in situ staining of bacteria (in green) in the gut lumen. Nuclei stained in blue (dapi).

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  • 16699

    Breast cancer month: A standard cancer care for pregnant women

    28/10/2016
    Breast cancer month: A standard cancer care for pregnant women
     28/10/2016

    When cancer is diagnosed in an expecting mother, the decision whether or not to start chemotherapy during the pregnancy needs to strike a delicate balance between the well-being of the mother and that of the foetus. With ERC support, Dr Frédéric Amant is developing a standard, integrated approach for cancer care for pregnant women.

    Image: ©Ann De Wulf
    Researcher image: ©Rob Stevens

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  • 16687

    Is digital mapping the new media?

    26/10/2016
    Is digital mapping the new media?
     26/10/2016

    Over the past months, a sudden influx of ‘Pokémon Go’ players could be observed across the globe. Youngsters, people of all ages scrutinise their surroundings silently, using their smartphones to catch those digital creatures with unlikely names. How could such a phenomenon take over the world so fast? Part of the answer may be the game’s strong interaction with the real-world and its impressive mapping, offering a whole new virtual experience of spaces that seem to be familiar and yet so different.

    Image & researcher picture: Courtesy S. Lammes

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  • 16684

    Breast cancer month: Nanoparticles, a trap against cancer

    25/10/2016
    Breast cancer month: Nanoparticles, a trap against cancer
     25/10/2016

    Despite recent advances in the fight against cancer, scientific research continues on several fronts. Current studies in the field of nanomedicine are proving very promising. Professor Valentina Cauda, from ​​the Politecnico di Torino, has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) for a pioneering project in this field, designed to develop therapies to target cancer cells without affecting the surrounding tissue.

    Researcher  picture: © Politecnico di Torino

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  • 16508

    New understanding of how Alzheimer’s develops

    20/09/2016
    New understanding of how Alzheimer’s develops
     20/09/2016

    By focusing on certain actions and reactions within the brain, an EU-funded project has advanced understanding of how Alzheimer’s Disease develops. This could potentially open the door to a new era of targeted treatments.

    Image© iStockphoto

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  • 16447

    New light on emulsions

    06/09/2016
    New light on emulsions
     06/09/2016

    Many industries – and each of our cells – depend on emulsions. An EU-funded researcher has developed a method for studying molecules at the interface between oil nanodroplets and the water-based liquid contained in these substances. Her work advances understanding of liquid interfaces and emulsion stability, and is of great interest to industry.
    Image© iStockphoto

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