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February 12th 2019
 fotoelektrochemische cel in het DIFFER artificial leaf laboratorium
Het klinkt als een goocheltruc: je brengt een speciaal apparaat in contact met lucht, laat er zonlicht op vallen, en het produceert gratis brandstof. Toch is dit het basisidee van onderzoeker Mihalis Tsampas (DIFFER - Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) in samenwerking met Toyota Motor Europe (TME). De onderzoekspartners willen een systeem ontwikkelen dat waterdamp absorbeert en zonne-energie gebruikt om die damp vervolgens op te splitsen in waterstof en zuurstof. Het onderzoeksproject wordt mogelijk gemaakt door een toekenning van het ENW PPS-fonds van NWO.
February 7th 2019
START-UP grant for Shuxia Tao
Assistant Professor Shuxia Tao from joint TU/e-DIFFER Center for Computational Energy Research has been awarded the prestigious personal NWO START-UP grant. Shuxia Tao received the grant for her research on fundamental understanding of the defect physics and chemistry in perovskite solar cells. Together with a Computational Sciences for Energy Research tenure track grant from 2016, this NWO START-UP grant allows her to establish her research group, Computational Materials Physics, which focuses on the development of multi-scale computational approaches and their application in energy research.  
January 10th 2019
Chemists solve persistent problem after four decades
After almost four decades, chemists from Leiden University and DIFFER have resolved the discussion about the correct model regarding the simplest chemical reaction in heterogeneous catalysis, which is essential for fuel cells. Using a unique curved platinum surface, Ludo Juurlink and PhD candidate Richard van Lent from Leiden and Michael Gleeson from Differ showed which model correctly describes the reaction of hydrogen. They published their findings in Science on 11 January.
January 10th 2019
Chemici lossen hardnekkig probleem op na vier decennia
Leidse en Eindhovense scheikundigen hebben na decennia de discussie beëindigd over het juiste model voor de eenvoudigste chemische reactie in heterogene katalyse, die essentieel is voor brandstofcellen. Met behulp van een uniek gekromd platinaoppervlak toonden de Leidse Ludo Juurlink, zijn promovendus Richard van Lent en Michael Gleeson van DIFFER aan welk model de reactie met waterstof correct beschrijft. Ze publiceerden hun bevindingen op 11 januari in het blad Science.
January 9th 2019
Experimental setup to investigate roll to roll deposition of a water resistent coating on flexible solar cells
Can you coat flexible solar cells with a water resistent coating, at the speed of roll to roll processing? In 2013, DIFFER and Fujifilm Research joined forces in an Industrial Partnership Programme to speed up this important step in the production of cheap, flexible solar cells. A dedicated DIFFER group on Atmospheric Plasma Processing of Functional Films was set up that investigated the use of an energetic plasma environment to grow a high quality moisture barrier. With the succesful graduation of the group's three PhD students comes an end to this research line. The knowledge developed in the group will now be transfered to industrial partner Fujifilm Research.

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