September 3rd 2018
Photonics for Energy group moves to TU/e
Starting September 2018, the DIFFER group Photonics for Energy, headed by prof. Jaime Gómez Rivas, will become a full part of Eindhoven University of Technology. The group studies the interaction of electromagnetic waves and matter in a broad range of frequencies and at different temporal and spatial scales . This research covers also applications from light harvesting and energy transport in  materials to light emitting materials. Photonics for Energy was part of the Solar Fuels division of DIFFER from 2015 to 2018 and continues its frontier work as the Surface Photonics group in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics capacity group of the Applied Physics department of TU/e .
July 30th 2018
Light as a chemical ingredient: metal nanoparticles converting light into chemical activity
Scientists are looking for ways to make chemical reactions run on light. This may open the possibility to synthesize nanomaterials with unique properties and to steer chemical reactions towards new products. In one approach, metal nanoparticles added to a reactor can selectively absorb light and convert its energy to promote the growth of a thin shell of a different metal around them. PhD student Rifat Kamarudheen and his colleagues at DIFFER and Eindhoven University of Technology set out to discover exactly how this process works. The answer, which they describe in a recent article in the journal ACS Nano, surprised them.
July 13th 2018
Verschillende universiteiten, hogescholen, bedrijven, overheden en NWO hebben de koppen bij elkaar gestoken om het onderzoek ten behoeve van de elektrificatie van de procesindustrie op gang te brengen. “Vandaag begint de opbouw van de Nederlandse gemeenschap voor ECCM, oftewel elektrochemische conversie & materialen”, zo stelde hoogleraar Richard van de Sanden, directeur van DIFFER en voorzitter van de ECCM-commissie, onlangs op een conferentie in Den Haag.
June 25th 2018
You are kindly invited to participate in the matchmaking event of the NWA route Energy Transition taking place on Tuesday July 17th in Utrecht (13.00 – 18.00 h).
May 29th 2018
DIFFER presented its Fusion Road Show science demos to over 700 visitors of the ITER open doors day on 26 May 2018. This special 15 minute edition of the science theatre show was designed as a memorable introduction into plasmas and fusion reactors. A great addition to the site tour, say both visitors and ITER staff.