Rational design of catalytic materials can be achieved using advanced methods that model the multiscale catalyst behavior from the active site at the nanoscale to the reactor at the macroscale. Such methods are currently rather limited as they lack a proper description of the mesoscale. This leads to oversimplified models, wherein it is typically assumed that the catalytic activity is fully described by a single active site on a single surface facet. Catalytic nanoparticles are composed of many facets, each harboring one or more active sites that have characteristic activity and selectivity... Read more
The recent report by the UN on Climate Change stresses again the urgency of radically changing our energy system within the next few decades. It puts even more pressure on the Dutch Government to propose more ambitious goals. The transition to a more sustainable energy system is, however, not only about reducing green house gasses. On this EnergyDay, we will take a different perspective on the energy transition. Our speakers will present lessons from transitions in the past, how to get a grip on the sustainability of our energy system and how to understand the energy transition from a system... Read more
The organisers of the Workshop on the Exploration of Low-Temperature Plasma Physics (WELTPP) are glad to announce the 21st edition of our yearly workshop. This two-days-workshop is a unique opportunity for young plasma scientists to get in touch in an informal atmosphere. This workshop is intended for active scientists working in the field of low temperature plasma physics and usually covers low up to atmospheric pressure plasmas, modelling and diagnostic techniques. Please consider a participation of yourself, your group members and help us by sharing the announcement within your network!
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Nanostructured conductors (for example: gold, silver) interact with electromagnetic waves in fascinating and potentially useful ways; the scientific domain studying this is called plasmonics. Progress in the fabrication of nanomaterials gives access to structures with tailored plasmonic properties. Placing light-absorbing and -emitting molecules near such structures can result in enhancement of specfic photonic properties, enabling more sensitive detection, brighter light emission or increased harvesting of luminous energy, although it can be tricky to achieve this in practice.