Denys Makarov: “DOs” and “DON’Ts” of Applying for an ERC Starting Grant (29 June 2017, Berlin)

Speaker: Dr Denys Makarov

When: 18:00, 29 June 2017 (Thursday)

Where: Dahlem Research School, Hittorfstr. 16, Berlin

Dr Denys Makarov is the Head of the research group “Intelligent materials and devices”, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf since October 2015.

Born and raised in Ukraine, Denys obtained his Master Degree (2005) at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv in Ukraine, followed by a Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Konstanz in Germany. From November 2010 until September 2015 he led the group “Magnetic Nanomembranes” at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden).

The main focus of Denys Makarov’s work is on fundamental and applied aspects of magnetism in curved surfaces, namely design and understanding of artificial micro- and nano-structures with unique magnetic configurations and exploring their application potential in the field of sensorics. As curved nanomembranes can be reshaped on demand after fabrication, the interest to this topic is far beyond the fundamental research. The results of Dr Makarov’s team established a solid background to realise the so-called shapeable (flexible, printable and stretchable) magnetoelectronics and highlighted its potential applications for eMobility and in medicine.

For the development of this novel research field Dr Makarov was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2012 “Shapeable Magnetoelectronics in Research and Technology” and an ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant in 2013. Moreover, in 2014 Denys won the EU FET (Future& Emerging Technologies) Young Explorers grant “Curved Nanomembranes for Topological Quantum Computation”.

Denys Makarov is one of the founding members of the German-Ukrainian Academic Society.

The talk, organized within our regular series “Science first hand” will be carried in English and address the following points:

  • A brief outline of the career path and why I have chosen to stay in academia
  • Challenges of carrying out basic and applied research
  • ‘DOs’ and ‘DON’Ts’ of applying for an ERC starting grant, based on my personal experience
  • Q&A session