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Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)

Science for future energy

The issues of energy and climate change require us to develop sustainable energy on a global scale. This transition is one of mankind’s biggest challenges in this century and its success depends on our solving a score of scientific questions.

Our mission

The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research DIFFER wants to conduct leading fundamental research in the fields of fusion and solar fuels, in close partnership with academia and industry. To successfully transfer fundamental insights to society at large, we are actively building an energy science society through the formation of multidisciplinary networks.

Fusion research

Fusion energy has the potential to deliver concentrated, safe and clean energy from the process powering the sun and stars. DIFFER has two fusion research programs, which both address high priority topics in the European Fusion Roadmap. We explore the intense plasma surface interactions expected at the wall of future fusion power plants with our unique high-flux plasma generators Magnum-PSI and Pilot- PSI. In such reactors, control of the burning plasma is of crucial importance to efficient operation and in our second fusion program, we develop insights and control systems for the magnetohydrodynamic instabilities in a fusion reactor.  DEMO: The step between ITER and a commercial power plant. DEMO will mark the first step of fusion power into the energy market by supplying electricity to the grid. DEMO will largely build on the ITER experience. The construction has to begin in the early 2030s to meet the goal of fusion electricity demonstration by 2050.

Solar fuels research

On the shorter timescale, the big challenge in the energy transition is to integrate fluctuating sustainable electricity in an infrastructure which demands predictable power production. This is closely connected to the issue of global energy storage and transport, and at DIFFER we aim to tackle this challenge by converting intermittent sustainable energy into fuels. For instance, DIFFER investigates the splitting of water into hydrogen or the activation of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and the processing of these products into a hydrocarbon fuel. The research involves the synthesis and design of novel materials and processes to obtain scalable, efficient and cost-effective systems.

Building an energy science society

The transition to a fully sustainable energy system is a global challenge, with players from all fields of science, industry and politics. For the Netherlands to participate in this task, it needs a strong and coherent national research program. A well-connected and collaborative network researchers is a promising soil for innovative breakthroughs in sustainable energy. DIFFER wishes to play a national role in basic energy research by helping develop a multidisciplinary community focused on science for future energy.

4 JOBS FROM THIS EMPLOYER

Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER)
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands | Closing on Sep 30
POST-DOCTORAL POSITION: TRACKING PLASMA- AND ELECTROCHEMICAL-PROMOTED CHEMISTRY
DIFFER is the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, one of the nine research institutes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The institute focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering...
INTERNSHIP: MODELLING OF DBD DEVELOPMENT IN ATMOSPHERIC-PRESSURE AIR-LIKE GAS MIXTURE WITH CURVED ELECTRODES
Please note: unless otherwise specified, the internships are only available for students with a nationality of an EU-member state and/or students from a Dutch university. DIFFER (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research) is one of the NWO institutes and focuses on a...
Postdoc position (DIFFER, Eindhoven): Plasma aided electrochemical ammonia synthesis
Research In the framework of the TKI project 'Plasma conversions' a postdoctoral position is available. In this project, DIFFER, ISPT, University of Twente, AkzoNobel, OCI Nitrogen, Shell, Vopak and Yara have combined efforts for enhancing conversion and energy-efficiency of...
PHD POSITION: CO2 VALORISATION IN BIOGAS – FROM THERMAL TO NON-EQUILIBRIUM PLASMA CHEMISTRY
DIFFER is the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, one of the nine research institutes of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The institute focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to energy research, combining physics, chemistry, engineering...