Natural Sciences - Chemistry

Creating life from lifeless biomolecules with AI and lab evolution

What is life? How does a living cell emerge from lifeless molecules?- wondered a multidisciplinary team of Dutch scientists. To answer these questions the research team, led by the TU Delft, aims to build a living synthetic cell from lifeless biomolecules, using laboratory evolution and artificial intelligence for the first time. The ten-year research programme to do so, entitled -Evolving life from non-lifeor simply -EVOLF-, was awarded 40 million euro by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as part of the Summit grants scheme.

’Exact placement of atoms can drive future chip innovations’

Physics - Chemistry

Area-selective atomic layer deposition is set to be a leading technique when it comes to making the advanced computer chips of the future, according to TU/e researcher Adrie Mackus.

Disorder improves battery life

What determines the cycle life of batteries? And, more importantly, how can we extend it? An international research team led by TU Delft has discovered that local disorder in the oxide cathode material increases the number of times Li-ion batteries can be charged and discharged. Their results have been published in Nature .

The energy transition under the nanoscope: Gravitation funding for ANION

Bringing together chemists and physicists to thoroughly investigate how electrochemical processes work on the smallest scale. That is the goal of the new Advanced Nano-electrochemistry Institute of the Netherlands, or ANION for short. The consortium receives a Gravitation funding of 23.6 million euros for this purpose. Professor Petra de Jongh from Utrecht University is one of the co-applicants.

Nanobubble research to improve green hydrogen production

Chemistry - Physics

In a novel study , researchers of the University of Twente have made significant strides in understanding the behaviour of microand nanobubbles on electrodes during water electrolysis.

Magnetism boosts hydrogen production in model catalysts

Researchers at the University of Twente have shown how to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production in an experimental setup. They showed that the magnetic order of the molecules plays a critical role.

ERC Advanced Grant for conversion of CO2 to fuels

Chemistry - Environment

Professor Petra de Jongh , from the Debye Institute at Utrecht University, receives an ERC Advanced Grant of 3.5 million euros for fundamental research into the operation of catalysts.