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April 18th 2019
The liquid-to-glass transition remains one of the deepest unsolved problems in condensed matter science. In this talk, I will first give a general introduction to the topic, and then present a novel first-principles theory that can shed new light on the physics of glass formation. I will demonstrate that the theory can be successfully applied both to ordinary glass-forming materials and to living cells that become more glass-like as the density increases.
April 11th 2019
2D materials have been the focus of intense research in the last decade due to their unique physical and chemical properties. This presentation will highlight our recent progress on the synthesis of two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2DTMDs) for nanoelectronics and catalysis applications using atomic layer deposition (ALD). ALD-grown 2DTMD films typically exhibit a high density of out-of-plane 3D structures in addition to the desired 2D horizontal layers.
March 28th 2019
The atomic-scale structure of a catalyst under reaction conditions determines its activity, selectivity, and stability. Recently it has become clear that essential differences can exist between the behavior of catalysts under industrial conditions (high pressure and temperature) and the (ultra)high vacuum conditions of traditional laboratory experiments. Differences in structure, composition, reaction mechanism, activity, and selectivity have been observed.
March 14th 2019
The intriguing prospects of molecular electronics, nanotechnology, biomaterials, and the aim to close the gap between synthetic and biological molecular systems are important ingredients to study the cooperative action of molecules in the self-assembly towards functional supramolecular materials and systems. The design and synthesis of well-defined supramolecular architectures require a balanced choice between covalent synthesis and the self-assembly of the fragments prepared.
February 27th 2019
(Note the different day) Buisman wrote the essay “Humanity is Not a Plague”, in which he argues that it is possible for 10 billion people to exist together on this Earth – as predicted for the year 2100 – provided that the richer part of the world no longer merely focuses on its own health, prosperity and happiness, and instead starts working seriously on developing a higher consciousness.