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February 19th 2019
ECCM conference announced: 21-6-2019
Friday 21 June the second Netherlands conference on Electrochemical Conversion & Materials (ECCM) will be organized by the ECCM advisory committee, appointed by the Dutch government. The ECCM committee is proud to announce the keynote speakers and invites experts from academia, industry, applied research organisations, government and NGO’s to submit abstracts to contribute to the three thematic parallel sessions of the conference.
February 12th 2019
photo-electrochemical cel in the DIFFER artificial leaf laboratory
It sounds like magic: you put a dedicated device in contact with air, expose it to sunlight and it starts producing fuel, for free.  That is the basic idea behind the fundamental research conducted by DIFFER, the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, in association with Toyota Motor Europe (TME). The partnership aims to develop a device that absorbs water vapor, and splits it into hydrogen and oxygen directly using the sun’s energy. The LIFT (Launchpad for Innovative Future Technology) research proposal has now been rewarded a grant from the NWO ENW PPS Fund.
February 12th 2019
 fotoelektrochemische cel in het DIFFER artificial leaf laboratorium
Het klinkt als een goocheltruc: je brengt een speciaal apparaat in contact met lucht, laat er zonlicht op vallen, en het produceert gratis brandstof. Toch is dit het basisidee van onderzoeker Mihalis Tsampas (DIFFER - Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) in samenwerking met Toyota Motor Europe (TME). De onderzoekspartners willen een systeem ontwikkelen dat waterdamp absorbeert en zonne-energie gebruikt om die damp vervolgens op te splitsen in waterstof en zuurstof. Het onderzoeksproject wordt mogelijk gemaakt door een toekenning van het ENW PPS-fonds van NWO.
February 7th 2019
START-UP grant for Shuxia Tao
Assistant Professor Shuxia Tao from joint TU/e-DIFFER Center for Computational Energy Research has been awarded the prestigious personal NWO START-UP grant. Shuxia Tao received the grant for her research on fundamental understanding of the defect physics and chemistry in perovskite solar cells. Together with a Computational Sciences for Energy Research tenure track grant from 2016, this NWO START-UP grant allows her to establish her research group, Computational Materials Physics, which focuses on the development of multi-scale computational approaches and their application in energy research.  
January 10th 2019
Chemists solve persistent problem after four decades
After almost four decades, chemists from Leiden University and DIFFER have resolved the discussion about the correct model regarding the simplest chemical reaction in heterogeneous catalysis, which is essential for fuel cells. Using a unique curved platinum surface, Ludo Juurlink and PhD candidate Richard van Lent from Leiden and Michael Gleeson from Differ showed which model correctly describes the reaction of hydrogen. They published their findings in Science on 11 January.

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