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Sustainability in the era of tech
Wednesday 24th May 2023
Doors Open 18:30 | Event 19:00 - 21:30
Cafe Ons Thuis
Heidebloemstraat 7, 6533 SL Nijmegen

High efficiency solar cells 

In this presentation, we will explore the exciting potential of III-V solar cells, which are made from compounds of elements in groups III and V of the periodic table. These solar cells have the highest solar efficiencies of any material available today, making them ideal for a variety of applications. We will discuss their efficiency and applications in space and concentrator systems, and explore the future prospects of this cutting-edge technology.

Natasha Gruginskie


Institute for Molecules and Materials | Radboud University


Is there a better alternative to the electric car?

Transport systems of today are based on centuries-old technologies, crippled by congestion, inefficiency, pollution, mortality and social exclusion. In time, many of these will probably be replaced by self-driving electric vehicles (EVs) that continuously communicate with each other and the environment, making optimum use of energy and space. But is there room for further improvement? Starting anew, one might aspire to conceive of a system that combines the efficiency of public transport with the flexibility, and privacy, of the automobile. The solution, as envisaged by NIfTI, is a levitated pod, propelled by electromagnetic pulses embedded in our existing road infrastructure, escorting passengers of all ages and disability smoothly, swiftly and safely to their desired destination.

Nigel Hussey

Physics | Radboud University

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What are sustainable plastics?
Interrelated problems and solutions

Plastics are affordable and versatile, but there is a growing awareness that they are unsustainable in a number of ways. Most research has focused on isolated technical solutions that address only one sustainability challenge posed by plastics, such as end-of-life management or feedstock alternatives to fossil fuels. Some interventions may alleviate one problem, but contribute to another at a different step of the plastics life cycle: there is a need for a comprehensive overview of the impacts of potential solutions on the plastics system, highlighting how some interventions may end up having unintended consequences, perhaps even worse than the previous system.

Sarah Gonella

PhD Candidate

Institute of Management Research | Radboud University

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