Tête-à-Tête series- Dr. Ruud Kortlever

“Electrocatalysis has real potential.” This witty phrase is not for us, but picked off from the webpage of the Kortlever Group. The Kortlever Group focuses on achieving large-scale energy storage through electrochemistry. From discussing the research carried out within the group to the global vision of attaining a sustainable future, Dr. Ruud Kortlever shares his insights and opinions with us in this interview!

Tête-à-Tête series- Dr. Sikke Klein

For our latest Tête-à-Tête series article, we sat down with Prof. Sikke Klein to dive into the mesmerising world of gas turbines and discussed related research at EFPT and what the energy transition means for gas turbines. Afterall, gas turbines keep the world going around !!

Tête-à-Tête Series- Dr. Hanieh Bazyar

March 2020 noted the start of Hanieh’s tenure track position as Assistant Professor at TU Delft. Starting during a pandemic is never an ideal situation, nevertheless, she manages to join as many online meetings as possible to learn about the research activities of the department and know her colleagues. However, a formal introduction of her research to the students of EFPT could not be made. In this article, we would like to introduce Hanieh Bazyar and her exciting research to the students of EFPT.

The Discover series II – ZEF

“For us, it is about the students. As a student, what does Entrepreneurship mean for you? What can a student do while being in the department? That is the aspect we would like you to highlight with this article.”
The concluding remarks of Ulrich inspires this article and is the perspective with which I revisit our interview with the co-founder Ulrich Starke, and Lead engineer Mrigank Sinha, of Zero Emission Fuels.

What does beautiful mean?

This text tries to explore what is that makes some things and not others look pretty. How can we explain the emergence of such feelings in our brains? Before getting started, let me clarify something. By beauty I do not mean human physical attractiveness. I don’t want to discuss human-to-human attraction more than strictly necessary. I want to focus on something that is more striking. Why do we feel a painting, a green-forest or a snowflake are beautiful?. Why do most of us feel some kind of joy when contemplating them?

The Discover series I – The Eral lab

With the new ‘Discover’ series, we want to bring you up, close and personal with the exciting research that happens with EFPT. We hope that this exchange of information removes the sense of unfamiliarity with research and life at EFPT and helps you make a decision regarding your thesis or PhD. Happy reading!!

Winds of Winter

Stranger things have happened before , but the snow storm last month was a welcome surprise . As engineers and researchers it makes sense to look into why it happened and is it something we should be worried about ?

Tête-à-Tête Series- Dr.Carlos Infante Ferreira

Having completed more than three decades of an illustrious career in teaching and research , Associate Professor Carlos Infante Ferreira will officially retire this March. A friendly, approachable face to students, Dr. Ferreira has mentored and sparked many young minds. Speaking about his choice to move to academia, he says,“After a few years in industry, I recognised that it is quite nice to exchange ideas with young people and learn from them as well. At some point I felt like coming back and contributing to education. The future is of the youth and it is good to share some experience with them”. His commitment to nurture the next generation was clearly seen when he enthusiastically recollected and  shared the projects and awards won by his students.

The Arrow of Time Part 2

In the previous part of this series, we recognized that some initial conditions are more likely to occur in nature than others. We attributed the irreversibility of processes to the nature of these initial conditions.
In this second part of the series, we speculate over the initial conditions that could have existed in the beginning state of the Universe that can explain the irreversibility of naturally occurring processes we observe.

The Arrow of Time Part 1

Year 2021 has cracked open with the promise of surprises. It shall be an interesting year, and the scent of uncertainty already hangs thick in the air. But, the novelty of the future is the fabric of our existence. Life’s surprises, good or bad, keeps us going! In this two-part series, we explore the unidirectionality of time and why uncertainty of the future will always be the way of life.

Quest for Elfstedentocht

Very often I’m asked this question- “what convinced you to pursue a career in sustainable energy”. The innocuous question would evoke an overwhelming response from my end, I would go into a long winding explanation of how the planet needs saving as a consequence of our decadent lifestyles and lack of political will. To add to it corporate adamance to stay the course of maximising profits has set us on the path of destruction. What’s at stake?

‘Tis the Season for Science

This festive season might be a maverick one- no Christmas markets or huge dinners with family and friends (P.S- Look out for a modified EFPT Christmas dinner this time around). So we thought of taking you on a ‘ scientific ‘ exploration of this season’s festivities. Wear your EFPT thinking caps, grab a glass of mulled wine and ring in the spirit of celebration!!

Tête-à-Tête Series- Prof. Jerry Westerweel

The fluid mechanics lab at TU Delft performs a range of fundamental studies that lead to design of energy efficient systems and processes. From ships to sporting equipment to biological flows, the scope of research within the lab is far-reaching. Westerweel, the current chair of the lab, is an experimentalist whose notable contributions lie in the field of turbulence. Having digitized the Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) technique, Jerry has used PIV in studying many types of flows, one of the most interesting flows being the blood flow in the beating heart of a chicken embryo.

Tête-à-Tête Series- Prof. Bendiks Jan Boersma

For our first interview, we sat down for a chat with our Head of Department, Professor Bendiks Jan Boersma, to discuss the structure and organization of the department, our research goals and the opportunities TU Delft offers for its students.