ERC Synergy Grant (SyG)

The ERC Synergy Grant (SyG) brings together a group of two to maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) to tackle ambitious research problems with a special emphasis on the outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect.


Unni Olsbye

Unravelling the secrets of Cu-based catalysts for C-H activation

The research, proposed by a team of leading experts in synthetic and biological catalysis, spectroscopy and computational methods, will explore novel catalysts for carbon-hydrogen activation, using both synthetic and biological tools. Ultimately, they hope to enable the selective oxidation of methane to methanol, which is crucial as methanol is a central building block in our chemical industry.

Project duration: 2019-2025

Call ID: ERC-2019-SyG

PI team 

  • Vincent Eijsink, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Silvia Bordiga, University of Turin
  • Serena DeBeer, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
  • Unni Olsbye, University of Oslo


Mats Carlsson

The Whole Sun Project: Untangling the complex physical mechanisms behind our eruptive star and its twins

Project duration: 2019-2025

Grant agreement ID: 810218

Call ID: ERC-2018-SyG

This project gathers physicists from each side of the solar surface and aims at tackling challenging, beyond the state-of-the-art problems, by developing a deep theoretical understanding of the Sun and it's analogues and by building the most advanced multi-resolution solar code in order to jointly address global/macrophysics and local/microphysics aspects of the solar dynamics.

PI team

  • Allan Sacha Brun, Commisariat a l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

  • Laurent Gizon, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
  • Mats Carlsson, University of Oslo
  • Vasilis Archontis, University of St. Andrews