Prof. Wilhelmsen awarded with ERC grant!

Prof. Wilhelmsen, PI of Research Themes 5 and 8 in PoreLab, has just received an ERC Starting Grant for the research project InterLab: “Unravelling the fundamentals of transport across the vapor-liquid interface”.


In the project, Wilhelmsen and his group will bring new understanding and methods to predict transport of heat and mass across vapor-liquid interfaces. Since such interfaces are abundant in porous media, this is also great news for Porelab. Many of the projects in Porelab involve phase changes such as adsorption, evaporation or condensation. Some of these projects will benefit greatly from the advances that InterLab will bring.

In the ERC project, Wilhelmsen plans to hire two new PhD-students, one Postdoc, one researcher and build two experimental rigs. An ERC grant also provides the great possibility and necessary funding to pursue long-term fundamental research with really high ambitions.

A popular scientific presentation of the project has been published in Gemini (Norwegian), and in the Norwegian SciTech News.

The project from Wilhelmsen is one of the 400 Starting Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) to young scientists and scholars across Europe in 2023. The grants – totaling 628 billion Euros- support cutting-edge research in a wide range of fields, from medicine and physics to social sciences and humanities. They will help researchers at the beginning of their careers to launch their own projects, form their teams and pursue their best ideas. The Starting Grants calls have attracted more than 28 000 submissions since 2007.