April 20th 2017
Multi-scale modeling grant to better understand artificial leaves
In a newly granted European research project together with scientists from the Netherlands, Poland and Spain, DIFFER will develop advanced multi-scale modelling of the processes in photo-electrochemical systems. The goal of this M-ERA.NET  project: understanding the mechanisms that limit the conversion of sunlight into fuels and to optimize artificial leaves towards highest performance. Project leader Anja Bieberle (DIFFER) and Sofia Calero (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain) explain the need to join forces across length and time scales.
April 7th 2017
workshop Renewable Energy Driven Chemistry
On Wednesday 5 April 2017, DIFFER organised the workshop Renewable Energy Driven Chemistry. The workshop brought together the Dutch community working on the synthesis of clean fuels and chemical products from sustainable energy, and CO2, H2O and N2, and attracted 120 researchers from universities, institutes and companies from all over the Netherlands.
March 30th 2017
NEVAC-prijs 2017 voor Stein van Eden
Promovendus Stein van Eden uit het DIFFER-fusieprogramma krijgt de prijs voor het beste NEVAC-artikel 2017 uitgereikt. In het blad van de Nederlandse Vacuümvereniging beschrijft Van Eden een bolometer om de energie te bepalen die een fusieplasma in de vorm van licht uitstraalt. Tijdens de NEVAC-dag op 12 mei bij DIFFER in Eindhoven wordt de prijs persoonlijk aan Stein overhandigd.
March 21st 2017
nature light - turning any silicon nanocrystal into a white light emitter
Silicon nanocrystals are promising materials for optical, electronic, medical and renewable energy applications. However, different synthesis techniques produce very different light emission characteristics, usually with low efficiencies. In Nature Light, Ilker Dogan and colleagues demonstrate a technique to turn any silicon nanocrystal into a white light emitter. By deliberately creating defects in nanocrystals, the team managed to create light emission centres which combine to produce a warm-white photoluminescence.
March 1st 2017
18 participants from 6 international fusion institutes are meeting at DIFFER for a ‘RAPTOR week’ to discuss ongoing work around the RAPTOR code. RAPTOR is a control-oriented simulation code for tokamak fusion plasmas that is used for various applications. One example is the optimization of plasma scenarios: calculating the precise timing of plasma fueling and heating to achieve the required conditions. The participants, many of which young PhD students and post-docs, will spend the week interacting with other developers and modelers and push their work forward by close collaboration. They will also prepare experiments planned for this year on the ASDEX-Upgrade and TCV tokamaks using their new control tools. This meeting has received support from EUROfusion.