October 22nd 2019
De wetenschap stond aan de zijlijn bij de Klimaattafels, en dat is een gemiste kans. Dat betoogde DIFFER-directeur Richard van de Sanden in het KNAW-symposium 'CO2-reductie in het Klimaatakkoord'. Trouw en Technisch Weekblad deden verslag van de bijeenkomst.
October 3rd 2019
DIFFER researcher Matteo Parente was awarded three prizes at the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Fall Meeting 2019, held at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.  
August 14th 2019
DIFFER researchers have constructed an ingenious plasma-activated electrolysis device that effectively breaks nitrogen gas and splits water into the energy-rich products hydrogen and nitric oxide. Water reduction and nitrogen fixation are key processes in providing fuels and chemical feedstock for wide variety of societal purposes. The sustainable challenge lies in designing all-electric sustainable pathways to replace the conventional, high-temperature industrial processes needed to produce these molecules. The DIFFER device integrates both in an elegant way and recently published their results in ACS Energy Letters!
August 8th 2019
DIFFER researchers Murat Sorkun, Abhishek Khetan and Süleyman Er have used advanced algorithms to compose a large and reliable database that contains the solubility information of chemicals in water. “Strange as it may seem with respect to the huge importance of employing water as a chemical solvent”, says Süleyman Er, “a reliable, sufficiently large and machine-readable dataset for the development of efficient data-driven models was not available. Until now!” The results are published in Nature Scientific Data.
July 1st 2019
One polymer to make two semiconductors
Results published in Nature Communications pave the way to programmable electronic inks. Conjugated polymers are important materials because of their special electronic and optical properties and low cost, making them very promising for a wide range of applications. An international research team led by Professor René Janssen developed a method to create two subtypes of one polymer, with different semiconductor characteristics, simply by changing the solvent from which the polymer film is created. This opens the door to the development of a programmable electronic inks. The results are published on June 28th in Nature Communications.