Prestigious Vici grant for Dr Filip Meysman (IBED-UvA)
Dr Filip Meysman (Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics) has been awarded a prestigious Vici grant worth 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Over the coming five years, the grant will enable him to conduct research and create a research group on the topic of 'Microbial electricity: a surprise from the seafloor'.
In the seafloor bacteria are present that generate electrical currents over long distances, and this dramatically influences the ecology and geochemistry of the seafloor. This Vici project will elucidate how this newly discovered “electrical biosphere” functions. This research may eventually lead to entirely new conducting materials and bio-electrical applications.