Blogs & Interviews

Imagine a world where we’ve made the energy transition possible and efficient.

Imagine having alternatives for scarce and highly important metals. Imagine a world where hundreds of new improved materials with unique properties make possible the next generation of batteries, fuel cells and industrial catalysts. Imagine this could already be possible thanks to the development of new materials.

Finally, imagine that material pioneers are the new explorers of the world.

In this section we will showcase material pioneers that are actively working towards a new way of doing things but also debate over some of the most pressing world matters such as climate change and the energy transition.  

It’s time for a materials innovation revolution!

Materials are all around us. They influence our lives in many unexpected ways. New materials are essential to the development of the upcoming tech wave, and we want to explore it by introducing you to its protagonists. Our first guest is Massimo Portincaso, Chairman at Hello Tomorrow and Founding Partner at Deep Wave.

Today's Material Pioneer is Adriana Navarro Suarez, Materials Chemistry researcher, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie individual fellow. Her career is based on collaborative research and passion for discovery, and she will give us 3 tips to follow the same path.

Today's Material Pioneer is Lorenza Dall'Aglio, PhD fellow in Developmental Neuroimaging & Psychiatry. She is co-leading the R.I.O.T. Science Club in Rotterdam, a community that provides training in Reproducible Interpretable Open & Transparent Science.

Today's Material Pioneer is Rachel Barr, Vice President Sustainability at UBQ™ Materials. The company has developed a technology able to convert landfill waste into a multipurpose material, that can be turned into any product. In this episode, we talk about the process to develop new materials, and how to make them into sustainable products.

We interviewed Miguel Bessa, developer of a super compressible but strong material designed by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) only. His achievement is proof that Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence can highly contribute to the development of new materials.

Here you can find more info on the platforms he mentions in the video.

How can you share relevant results without compromising on your publication?

Accelerating materials discovery's recipe has a few key ingredients. Yasemin Turkyilmaz-van der Velden, Data Steward at TU Delft | Mechanical Engineering shares with us her point on Open Science, and how to make a bigger impact by (consciously) sharing your data.

An interview with Stefan Gaillard, co-founder of JOTE and Researcher at Utrecht University. Science is based on a process of trial and error, but for the past decades, only positive results have been published (and rewarded). We believe errors have a great value in progress and they need to be shared, published, and rewarded.

How to be a successful researcher and support the scientific community at the same time? Pedro Mendes, a co-founder at Young European Catalysis Nwtrok and researcher at Ghent University, shares with us tips and tricks to open your data, be collaborative and build up a successful career in academia.

INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDERS OF THE YOUNG EUROPEAN CATALYSIS NETWORK

The Young European Catalysis Network (YEuCat) has accepted our invitation to join forces within Material Pioneers community and works towards building an integrated team approach in the field of catalysis, to reduce development time of new materials and create a new way of collaboration.  

As a result of this, we will be informed more on the work of others, creating a better communication across disciplines, avoiding missteps and delays and creating a more optimized process of discovery and implementation.


MATERIAL PIONEERS ARE THE NEW EXPLORERS OF THE WORLD

Our ability as human kind to shape materials and change their properties is important for the future of many products. There is a new generation of scientists that is shaping this future. The mission of VSPARTICLE is to facilitate these scientists every step of the way.


MATERIAL PIONEERS FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION

The world has many important problems that we need to solve, and we can only do this by working together. These are the inspiring words of Wilson Smith Professor at TU Delft and Bert Weckhuysen Professor at Utrecht University.


MATERIAL PIONEERS IN CATALYSIS

Iris and Matteo, PhD students at Utrecht University, are working on finding new catalyst materials to improve their functionalities and solve global problems. To accelerate the energy transition, we need to test as many catalysts as possible. Thanks to the new developments it will be possible to test millions of catalysts in the next decade.

HOW NANOTECH CAN HELP TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The Sustainable Development Goals, SDG’s in short, are a set of goals defined by the United Nations as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They address the challenges that we globally face and set targets for achieving a more sustainable future. We believe that if we enable mankind to discover and apply new material properties, it will be able to revolutionize the way we use resources and design innovative products.


NANOTECH AND CATALYSIS CAN SLOW CLIMATE CHANGE

How can catalysis help with reversing climate change?

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HOW CAN NANOTECH HELP THE ENERGY TRANSITION

Discover more about nanotechnology solutions to make the world a better and safer place. How nanotech can help generating new catalysts. Production of chemical fuels with electricity is facilitated by electrocatalysis. By using precious metals, the reaction can take place at lower temperatures and pressures. Using nanoparticles these precious metals can be used more efficiently, reducing the cost and increasing the overall efficiency of these processes.


The Metal Challenge

How could we substitute critical metals that are needed for a renewable energy system?


The periodic table is just the tip of the iceberg

One Hundred and Fifty Years on, the Table Continues to Grow and Inspire, but the Real Opportunities Will Be Found at the nanoscale.