Upcoming seminars

Seminars at DIFFER cover a wide range of topics and are held on Thursdays at 11.15 AM in the seminar room of the institute (unless otherwise stated). Seminars are open to everybody. If you are interested in visiting a DIFFER seminar or want to subscribe to our mailing list, please follow the instructions for external visitors.

List all past seminars organized at DIFFER

Emiel Hensen
January 18th 2018
11:15 to 12:15
We have far more oil, coal and gas than we can safely burn. Tackling global warming implies that we must leave most of our fossil reserves in the ground. This will require a completely different way of running our economy, shifting away from liquid fuels for mobility and deriving our chemicals and materials as much as possible from renewable resources. I will discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise from these changes and the enabling role that catalysis can play in the energy transition using examples of our own research. A view on the “catalysis by design” approach will be presented, which starts from molecular level understanding of reaction mechanism in relation to the atomic scale structure of catalytic surfaces. This approach is applied to the conversion of small molecules such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and methane as well as valorization of more complex biogenic resources such as lignin. A specific topic of importance for accelerated development of novel chemical processes relates to the integration of reactions, catalyst materials, reactors, and production processes at all length scales of importance.
Siep Weiland
January 25th 2018
11:15 to 12:15
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Martin van Sint Annaland
February 1st 2018
11:15 to 12:15
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John Grin
February 8th 2018
11:15 to 12:15
The transition from the fossil energy system to a renewable system is more than just a normal 'innovation'. It is not only about the introduction of a new technique, and the change of the societal and economic practices in which it is applied. The change is here so radical that also the structure in which these practices are embedded has to change: economic chains, law, knowledge infrastructure etc..  In this colloquium, John Grin will present a design method for such so called 'system innovations'. This method extends the well-known engineering approach of Kroonenberg, such that a method emerges with which techniques, practices and structure adaptations can be designed. In depth interaction between various experts and societal parties is quintessential to this. This approach to 'reflexive designing' has by now been applied to various sectors (animal husbandry, port of Amsterdam, ICT in long-term care) in which it led to the succesful introduction of new techniques.
Wouter Dekeyser
February 15th 2018
11:15 to 12:15
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