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No constants for catalysisWe view chemical reactions through the lens of kinetic and thermodynamic descriptors. Whether it’s a simple equilibria or a complex catalytic reaction – a set of constants and a correct model is expected to describe the behavior of the chemical system. The work of PhD candidate Wenjun Yang (ChemE) working with professor Evgeny Pidko suggests that reality is more complex. In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society they show that the state of the catalyst and even standard thermodynamic parameters, long thought to be ironclad constants, are a function of condition space – solvents, concentrations and reaction promoters. Read more about this work online. Wenjun Yang Read the article
e-Refinery and VoltaChem (TNO) in the Volkskrant: "Chemical industry without oil, is that possible? In Delft they are working on the green future of Pernis".The petrochemical industry in Rotterdam is the breeding ground for Dutch and German industry. But it is polluting and emits a lot of CO2. Here too, electrification is the key to clean and sustainable production. What steps are needed? From idea to industry.
Royal award for Paulien HerderOn 26 April 2022, Professor Paulien Herder, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, was awarded a Royal distinction in the municipality of Pijnacker-Nootdorp. Paulien Herder was appointed a Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands, an award given to persons who have made an exceptional contribution to Dutch society.
TU Delft and TNO prepare industry for scale-up phase of clean factoryOil and gas shortages are not only pushing up the prices of gas and petrol, but also plastics, medicines and cosmetics. To make our society less dependent on fossil fuels and combat climate change, the chemical industry needs to change radically. In recent years, TU Delft and TNO have laid the foundation for cleaner production processes in the chemical industry. The new e-Chem partnership is now taking this a step further by actually constructing a clean factory of the future.
Adarsh Kalikadien nominated as one of the top 3 nominees for the KNCV golden master award.Adarsh recently got nominated by an expert jury as one of the top 3 nominees for the KNCV golden master award . The award is given to the best MSc. Thesis within a chemistry/chemical engineering topic. Adarsh finished his master thesis with a perfect 10, as can be read in one of our previous articles . Which is why he was proposed for this nomination. In his thesis he described a computational workflow for the chemical space exploration of existing molecules. He is currently pursuing his PhD in professor Pidko’s research group. “In this research, the goal is to work towards a computational workflow for data-driven catalyst discovery. Together with data from a high-throughput experimentation facility of Janssen Chemical Process R&D, variations of the catalyst molecules can be made and computationally explored. By combining deep mechanistic insights, data science and our in-house automation tools, we aim at a predictive workflow that would help us discover new and efficient catalysts for the sustainable chemistry of the future.” The computational workflow that was designed during his master thesis, ChemSpaX, is thus a part of the bigger picture. The winner will be revealed during ‘De avond van de Chemie’ on the 13th of October at the Leidse schouwburg. Read the article Read the thesis