Chemists from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen are starting a large-scale collaboration on ‘Catalysis in Confined Spaces’, a TOP-PUNT project which was awarded EUR 2 million this week by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim is to learn how catalysts work in nano-structured spaces, which should result in more efficient and cleaner chemical processes and catalysis-driven nano-machines
This five-year project will research a simple yet baffling question: How does a catalyst work when it is constrained in a small ‘box’ of nanometer dimensions? This may seem trivial, but being ‘close to the wall’ is very different than being ‘in the middle of the crowd’, as any student who has been to a large music festival will tell you.
The groups of Profs. Gadi Rothenberg, Joost Reek ( Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, Amsterdam) and Ben Feringa (Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, Groningen) have joined forces to tackle this challenge. The grant will be used to fund eight PhD projects.
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This is a dangerously naive attitude. First, why is “non-” every occupation you cited, more trustworthy? Seriously, lawyers? Try satisfying them when you submit an application for approval for the ethical use of human embryonic stem cells. Second, why would they want to, and how would they know how to, analyze “raw data” without being scientists? FYI, scientists are not data-generating machines. Even technicians aren’t. Such assessment by one’s peers is known as peer review. If all the peers are untrustworthy, then what is the point of publishing? What’s the point of retracting? Why is there publicly funded science at all? After all, the private sector is so much more objective.