Ben Erné has received an NWO-ECHO grant to study the experimental thermodynamics of ion confinement in porous carbon electrodes.
NWO-ECHO grant for Ben Erné
Shortage of drinking water is a global problem, and a technological solution is to desalinate water by adsorbing ions at porous electrodes. They have a huge specific surface area, thanks to pores whose diameter fits no more than 3 to 4 water molecules.
Novel thermodynamic approach
The effect of ionic size on desalination will be investigated via a novel thermodynamic approach pioneered by Erné and colleagues from the Institute for Theoretical Physics (Utrecht University) and Wetsus, the European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology.