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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

DIFFER and Fontys University of Applied Sciences start long-term collaboration in L.INT lectorate


The design of nuclear fusion systems: ‘Complexity is our greatest enemy, modelling is the solution’

Torben Beernaert

How can we efficiently discover photocatalysts for solar water splitting from the chemical space of 2D…

Yatong Wang

DIFFER Seminar: Optimizing fusion power plant design with integrated simulation using the…

Tim Slendebroek
Jul 18th - Seminar
July 18, 2024

Open dag DIFFER tijdens Weekend van de Wetenschap

Open dag DIFFER 2024
Oct 5th - Open dag
October 05, 2024

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.

Aarhus University
TU Eindhoven
FZ Jülich
TU Delft
University of Twente