Physics of Energy

Energy Physics at VU University has a strong emphasis on Solar Fuels. It is based on a long tradition in photosynthesis and hydrogen storage research. Presently, there is a strong and coherent focus on Solar Fuels, to be created in systems ranging from genetically engineered organisms and artificial photosynthetic complexes to anorganic nanocrystals and thin-film electrochemical devices. A full list of subjects including a list of the PI's involved may be found here.

Energy Physics at VU University has an urgent mission in contributing to global solutions for the energy supply and global warming problems. The physics department will contribute by applying fundamental physics and microscopic physical methods to the field of energy physics. It is clear that the full solution involves many other disciplines. We are therefore proud to have many intensive collaborations both within and outside physics and both within and without the VU University Amsterdam. Energy Physics at VU University is one of the leading groups in the national programme Towards BioSolar Cells.


Energy Physics at VU University has the following focus areas:

  • Photosynthesis 
  • Artificial photosynthesis
  • Regulated light harvesting in natural and artificial photosynthesis
  • Biofuels
  • Inorganic Solar fuels
  • Supramolecular solar cells
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Hydrogen purification membranes
  • Hydrogenography: a high throughput combinatorial method for the search of nanostructured hydrogen storage materials
  • Muti-fiber hydrogen detector (safety) systems.
  • Mg based fiber optic hydrogen (safety) detectors.
  • Pd based Quantitative hydrogen sensors. 
  • Solar collectors
  • SolSwitch; a liquid based optical switching device  for solar collector and greenhouse overheat protection.
  • Development of methods: nano-spectroscopy, activating surfaces en scanning probe and sensing.