McCall Research Group Illinois

Dr. Kreckel receives ERC Starting Grant

Benjamin McCall
July 16, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Holger Kreckel has received a ~1.5M Euro starting grant from the European Research Council!

The European Research Council has awarded Dr. Holger Kreckel, until recently a Research Scientist in our group, a Starting Grant for his ASTROLAB project. The project entitled "Cold collisions and the Pathways toward Life in Interstellar Space" aims at the experimental investigation of fundamental molecular reactions under interstellar conditions. The scope of the project includes the formation of organic molecules at low temperatures, the formation of water, and the introduction of deuterium into interstellar networks. The experiments will be utilizing the novel ultracold Cryogenic Storage Ring (CSR) which is presently under construction at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany. The project will be funded with 1.49 million Euro over a duration of 5 years. The highly competitive ERC grants have been awarded since 2007, typically only 10% out of thousands of innovative proposals are selected for funding. Congratulations, Holger!