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A look at the daily work of a Research fellow at PTG/e?

Fontys University of Applied Sciences has asked some alumni what their job looks like after graduation. Thijs Jansman gives a good impression of his activities and the infrastructure at PTG/e.

(movie in Dutch only)

Image of checking a material at PTG Eindhoven.

Making green hydrogen more cost-effective

PTG/e takes its role in enabling the energy transition from fossil to renewable energy. One of the promising energy carriers for this energy transition is hydrogen, produced by wind or solar power, the so called green hydrogen. One of the current barriers to success are the costs of the electrolyzers needed for the hydrogen production.

Together with our partners in the Ampere consortium funded by TKI Nieuw Gas, we aim at making green hydrogen more cost-effective. To this end, PTG/e contributes to the development of new, fluorine-free proton-exchange membranes (PEM) which are used in the electrolyzers. The primary goal is to lower costs, but an additional benefit of this chemistry is the absence of organofluorine compounds in PEM-electrolyzers, which would also reduce the ecological footprint of water electrolysis.

To give you a short impression of the project, see the movie (unfortunately only in Dutch), where our teamleader Chemistry, Timo Sciarone explains the role of PTG/e.

Image of green hydrogen.

PTG/e’s top 10 most artistic analysis images

On a daily basis we are looking at materials using microscopes and cameras, discovering extraordinarily beautiful patterns and structures.

Check out our employee top 10 of the most artistic analysis images that we encountered during our research:

# 10 – Polyethylene that grew on silica particles.
Polyethylene that grew on silica particles.

# 9 – Droplet of Microdrop printer.
Image of a droplet of Microdrop printer uncovered by PTG Eindhoven.

# 8 – Sem EDX mapping.
An image of Sem EDX mapping done by PTG Eindhoven the Material Innovators.

# 7 – Water droplet on hydrophobic surface.
Image of a water droplet on hydrophobic surface by PTG Eindhoven located in Brainport Eindhoven.

# 6 – POM image of a liquid crystal that is just about to transition from the isotropic phase nematic phase.
POM image of liquid crystal that is just about to transition from the isotropic phase to nematic phase - material analysis by PTG Eindhoven.

# 5 – Microscopic image of a liquid crystal on a structured wafer.
Microscopic image of a liquid crystal on a structured wafer by PTG Eindhoven the Material Innovators.

# 4 – 75 nm lamellar on cross section of a catalyst prepared by focused ion beam.
Image of 75nm lamellar on cross section of a catalyst prepared by focused icon beam. This analysis is done by PTG Eindhoven the Material Innovators.

# 3 – Raman microscopic image of a degraded microplastic on a glass substrate at 50x magnification.
Raman microscopic image of a degraded plastic on a glass substrate done by PTG Eindhoven.

# 2 – POM image of a liquid crystal that has become almost completely isotropic.
POM image of Liquid crystal.

# 1 – Optical microscopy – wax crystals.
See in this image the wax cystals uncoverd by optical microscopy executed by PTG Eindhoven.

If you are interested in our analyses and techniques please feel free to contact us!

Wax crystals research done by PTG Eindhoven.

New member of the Board of Directors PTG/e

We are very proud and honored to announce that from 01 March 2020 Prof.dr.ir. Jaap Schouten has been appointed as member of the Board of Directors (RvC) of PTG/e BV, and he will join the two other members of the Board of Directors (RvC); Mrs.drs. Sonja Vos RA and Em.prof.dr.ir. Han Meijer.

Jaap Schouten was till 01 March 2020 member of the Executive Board of the Dutch National Science Foundation NWO and more over Jaap Schouten is winner of the Simon Stevin award and obtained the ERC Advance Grant, ERC Proof of Concept and is member of the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences (KHMW).

Last but not least Jaap Schouten boosted & initiated several spinoff companies during his academic career @ Eindhoven University of Technology.

Jaap Schouten is lid van de RvC PTG Eindhoven.