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CO₂ removal from the atmosphere using sustainable energyEr wordt hard gewerkt aan methodes om CO₂ af te vangen uit de atmosfeer, om op die manier klimaatverandering tegen te gaan. Naast bestaande methodes met giftige oplosmiddelen, zijn er nu elektrochemische technieken in opkomst die kunnen werken met duurzame elektriciteit. De Delftse onderzoeksgroep van David Vermaas analyseerde samen met Wetsus en Caltech deze verschillende duurzame methodes om CO₂ af te vangen en vergeleek ze voor het eerst met elkaar. Daarnaast beschreven de onderzoekers ook welke methodes de meeste potentie hebben om grootschalige CO₂-afvang mogelijk te maken. Hun paper verscheen onlangs in het wetenschappelijke tijdschrift Energy & Environmental Science.
New Art-Embedded Specialisation in BSc Honours Program also available for PhD’sIn cooperation with colleague philosophers from TBM and professional artists, Eduardo Mendes formulated a new Specialisation in the Interfaculty BSc Honours Program named “Awareness & Culture”.
Carrier multiplication for more efficient solar energy conversionSingle-junction silicon solar cells can have a maximum of ~33% efficiency known as the Shockley-Queisser limit. How to overcome this efficiency barrier is an important research question that is addressed by postdoc Sourav Maiti from the Optoelectronic Materials Section.
Paulien Herder appointed Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS)The Executive Board has appointed Professor Paulien Herder as dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences (AS) as of 1 March 2021. She is currently chair of the Chemical Engineering department at AS. Paulien Herder graduated in Chemical Engineering from TU Delft in 1994. In 1999 she received her PhD from the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) for her thesis 'Process Design in a Changing Environment'. After her PhD, she stayed on at TPM, where she continued her research into the design of large-scale complex systems. She was closely involved in the international research consortium Next Generation Infrastructures. From 2004 to 2007 she was also the director of education. In 2009, she was appointed Professor of Engineering Systems Design in Energy & Industry. Between 2013 and 2019 she was director of the Delft Energy Initiative and from 2014 to 2018 she was chair of the Engineering Systems and Services department. In 2019, she transferred to the Department of Process & Energy at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Maritime Engineering and Materials Science (3mE). There she became programme leader for e-Refinery, the interfaculty programme developing technology and systems for the production of raw materials and fuels from renewable energy. Since 2020, she has been chairing the Chemical Engineering department at AS. Herder represents the Dutch knowledge institutions in the top team of the Energy Top Sector and fulfils various administrative and supervisory roles in the energy domain. She is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hotelschool The Hague and sat on the board of the NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences since 2019.
Atsushi Urakawa wins the prestigious “Japan Academy Medal” after previously receiving the JSPS awardThe prize is awarded for the development of various CO2 catalytic conversion technologies and the methodologies to study catalytic reactions while catalysts are functional.
Greener chemistry through new approach to catalysisResearchers in Delft have developed at catalyst that is even effective in negligible amounts. The form and durability of the catalyst mean that it lasts much longer in reactions, saving a great deal of energy, waste and costs. The results were published in Nature Communications.