Dr. Pascal Buskens inaugurated as lecturer in Nanostructured Materials
Tuesday June 6, 2017 dr. Pascal Buskens, our colleague and program manager of Sustainable Buildings, was inaugurated as lectorer in the Special Lectureship in Nanostructured Materials. This lectureship is a close collaboration between several partners in the region such as Zuyd Hogeschool, TNO, CHILL and Brightlands Materials Center.
Buskens – who also works at TNO as principal scientist for colloids and interfaces and is connected to the RWTH Aachen University as Private Lecturer at the institute for interactive materials (DWI-Leibniz Institut für Interaktive Materialien e.V.) – focuses with his research group on the design and manufacture of nanostructured, advanced optical materials with properties tailor-made for energy applications. These nanostructured materials have different areas of application:
- Nanostructured materials with tailor-made optical and/or electronic properties, especially for application in building envelopes to improve the energy efficiency of buildings
- Nanostructured materials for purposes of energy storage, focusing on chemical energy storage
- Nanostructured materials for purposes of application in solar cells (together with the Special Lectureship for Solar Energy in the Urban Environment )
However small (one nanometre is one billionth of a metre), nanomaterials can thus fulfil a key role in the transition from fossil fuels towards sustainable energy.
Regional ambitions and cross-border collaboration
This project fits well with a number of regional ambitions as set out in Brainport 2020, the Limburg Economic Development Agenda and Knowledge Limburg. Nanostructured Materials strives for cross-border collaboration with universities and knowledge institutions. Apart from that, the Special Lectureship in Nanostructured Materials also fits well with the goals and ambitions of the program ‘Chemistry of Advanced Materials’ of the Top Sector Chemistry.