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Open Competition XS Grant from Dutch Research Council

Our group has been awarded an Open Competition XS Grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for a project entitled “Nanowelding meets biology: cell-compatible 3D metal welding by light”.

The NWO Open Competition XS grants are intended to support promising ideas and to facilitate innovative and more speculative initiatives with a ground-breaking and high-risk nature.

Metallic structures are fundamental to our daily lives, from constructing durable buildings to facilitating electrical conductivity in devices. Beyond the types of metallic materials we use, the techniques we employ to join them together are crucial for their effective use and functionality. As many cells in our body are electrically active, the integration of electroconductive metallic structures with cells is becoming increasingly vital for cell biology and biomedicine. However, traditional metal-joining techniques are cell-destructive. This project aims to overcome this challenge by harnessing the potential of light-driven nanowelding to enable new frontiers for the integration of metallic structures with biological systems.



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