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Welcome to DIFFER

Our mission is to perform fundamental research on materials, processes, and systems for a global sustainable energy infrastructure. We host unique user facilities for energy and materials research.

News & events

Van grijze muis naar flamboyant ionenkanon: designers geven IBF kleur

Schilderwerk IBF Foto: DvW/DIFFER
September 21, 2023

Hans van Eck, head of Facilities & Instrumentation: "It's no longer about us, but with us"

Hans van Eck
September 19, 2023

Hans van Eck, hoofd Facilities & Instrumentation: "Het gaat nu niet meer over ons, maar met ons"

Hans van Eck
September 11, 2023

FuseNet Teacher Day 2023

Logo of FuseNet Teacher Day
Oct 6th - Event
October 06, 2023

8th International Workshop on Plasma Material Interaction Facilities for Fusion Research…

Plasma in Magnum-PSI. Credit BvO/DIFFER
Oct 30th - Workshop
October 30, 2023

FuseNet Master Event 2023

Banner of FuseNet Master Event
Nov 23rd - Event
November 23, 2023

Fusion Energy & Solar Fuels research

At DIFFER, we are carrying out groundbreaking fundamental research on energy. Our research focuses on two major energy themes: research into fusion energy as a clean, safe and sustainable energy source and research into the conversion and storage of sustainable energy in solar fuels. Click below for more information about one of these research themes.


Research facilities

Our facilities for Fusion Energy and Solar Fuels research are designed and operated by an experienced team of researchers and engineers. DIFFER’s world class facility Magnum-PSI is the only laboratory in the world that can investigate materials under the extreme heat and particle loads that will exist in future fusion reactors.

Magnum-PSI facility
Ion Beam Facility
Ion Beam Facility
Solar Fuels Laboratories
Solar Fuels Laboratories
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Working in multidisciplinary teams

DIFFER believes that the performance of excellent research thrives on a balanced work force. We want to create an environment where everyone feels at home and can bring out the best in themselves.

Our network

International partners

We cannot realise sustainable and relevant energy solutions by ourselves. DIFFER works together with researchers from companies, universities, knowledge and research institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. We share our knowledge and we jointly elaborate our ideas and test systems so that these can eventually be used commercially on a large scale.