The chemical engineers at Delft University of Technology are entering the new discipline of nanochemical technology. Building upon their solid background in chemical and process engineering, they want to build a bridge between the new fundamental concepts involved in nanotechnology and the process technology needed to turn them into practical applications. A recruitment campaign for three new academic chairs begins this week in Dutch and international journals.
Until now, Delft has concentrated mainly upon bulk chemical technology. Nanoscale products have attracted only limited attention. But that is going to change, says Peter Appel, Head of the Department of Chemical Technology (Delft ChemTech). “We want to widen our focus to include nanochemical technology,” he explains. “Around the world, this is regarded as the next phase in the development of chemical technology as a discipline. It is also an excellent match for other activities here in Delft, such as those of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience.”
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