Professors stimulate energy research and education
Currently, research activities in the area of energy and sustainability at the University of Groningen are consolidated through three research centres:
prof. dr. E.M. (Linda) Steg
Linda Steg is professor of environmental psychology at the University of Groningen. Her research focuses on measuring, explaining, and changing environmentally significant behavior, in particular household energy use and car use. She studies factors influencing the use and acceptability of sustainable energy sources, energy efficient technologies, and behavior changes. She is also interested in the effects and acceptability of various environmental and energy policies, including information provision and pricing policies. Steg is fellow of the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Program of the University of Groningen, president-elect of Division 4 ‘Environmental Psychology’, and treasurer of Division 13 ‘Traffic and Transport Psychology’ of the International Association of Applied Psychology. She teaches environmental psychology, applied social psychology, social influence, and consumer and economic psychology.
prof. dr. ir. M. (Marco) Aiello
Marco Aiello is professor of Distributed Systems at the University of Groningen (RUG), head of the Distributed Systems unit, member of the board of the Johann Bernoulli Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, honorary professor at the University of Bournemouth (UK) and member of the Board of the startup company Nerdalize BV. Before joining the RUG he was a Lise Meitner fellow at the Technical University of Vienna (from which he obtained the Habilitation), and assistant professor at the University of Trento. He holds a PhD in Logic from the Univeristy of Amsterdam and a MSc in Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza cum Laude.
prof. dr. M. (Machiel) Mulder
Endowed professor of Regulation of Energy Markets at the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance.
prof. dr. J.C. (Kees) Hummelen
Kees Hummelen is professor of Chemistry of Molecular Organic and Bio-organic Materials at the University of Groningen. Together with his staff he is involved in the creation of plastic solar panels. Plastic is significantly cheaper than the resources that are normally used for the production of solar cells. However, the returns are not yet high enough for plastic to be able to compete. The reducing agent Hummelen is using is a special type of polymer, a so-called conjugated polymer, which is coloured and can therefore absorb more light and conduct better. Polymers are long molecules with complex structures. The other substance used, the electron acceptor, is a buckyball, a molecule shaped like a football which consists of sixty carbon atoms. Hummelen is also scientific director of Solenne BV in Groningen.