Congratulations to Shuxia Tao for receiving a prestigious personal NWO START-UP grant. This grant is intended for creative, risky ideas of recently appointed assistant and associate professors in physics and chemistry in the Netherlands.

Shuxia Tao received the grant for her research on developing an efficient DFT method, Density Functional Tight Binding (DFTB) for metal halide perovskites to study the mysterious role of the small inorganic cation and small halide ions in improving the stability of perovskite solar cells.

Together with the Computational Sciences for Energy Research (CSER) tenure track grant from 2016, this NWO START-UP grant allows her to establish a new research line in the development and the application of novel multi-scale computational approaches in an exciting research field of perovskite photovoltaics.