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.
December 7th 2020
Minister Ingrid Van Engelshoven van het Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap heeft een werkbezoek gebracht aan DIFFER. Dit gebeurde vanwege corona online. Het bezoek was op maandag 7 december 2020.
December 3rd 2020
It sounds like a do-it-yourself project: take a tube light and convert it into a chemical  reactor. Yet DIFFER researcher Edwin Devid receives a NWO XS grant to do just that. Within a year, Devid wants to build a device that can efficiently convert CO2 into green chemicals and fuels with renewable electricity.