January 7th 2021
DIFFER researchers found an alternative sustainable, all-electric way to produce ammonia from nitrogen and water. Ammonia is an important precursor of fertilizers, as well as a potential carbon-free energy carrier. The researchers published this method in the journal ACS Energy Letters.
December 21st 2020
TNO, Utrecht University (UU), and DIFFER will set up new national research communities to speed up the energy transition. NWO funded three projects aimed at spatial planning, future energy infrastructure, and the business challenge for the energy transition.
December 18th 2020
In order to be CO2 neutral by 2050, significant upscaling of technology and intensification of research and innovation in hydrogen and green chemistry will be needed in the coming years. Therefore the ECCM committee which advises the government on hydrogen and electrochemistry, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy (EZK) jointly have brought the sectors together that can make this transition happen.
December 15th 2020
Picture Van Berkel, copyright Duijvekam
It was a practical with a calorimeter – how do you heat up a litre of water – during the physics open day, which caused Matthijs van Berkel to decide not to study physics. ‘I found heating up water quite dull. I thought that’s nothing for me.’ It is therefore quite ironic that after completing his degree in mechanical engineering, he now works at the physics Institute DIFFER and, even more ironic, that he now works on heat transport.
December 7th 2020
Improving the efficiency of photoelectrochemical cells requires detailed understanding of all that is going on at the electrode surface. In an ACS Catalysis paper, the Bieberle group shows how a novel modeling approach not only explains what is happening, it can also guide selection of better performing materials.