Environmental/Energy/Sustainability

  • 2021 Nobel laureate David MacMillan brings attention to the power of academic collaboration, with industry and across disciplines, to catalyze new ideas

    Monday, Oct 11, 2021
    by Jonathan Garaffa

    On October 6, Professor David MacMillan became the first Princeton faculty member to be awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry. In that whirlwind of a day, MacMillan brought focus to one of the strategies he sees as critical to advancing fundamental science: Collaboration. Not just with scientists in one’s own field. But with scientists from other disciplines and with industry.

  • Making the switch to a net-zero mindset

    Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021
    by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

    Green technology holds the promise of significantly reducing carbon emissions and helping humanity to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. But without buy-in from individuals and groups — whether it’s building new habits and routines to conserve energy or galvanizing support to enact policies that will enable the transition to cleaner tech — progress is likely to occur far more slowly than what is needed.

  • Priestley, Xu honored in Newsweek for invention of cost-efficient, solar-powered water filter

    Friday, Dec 17, 2021
    by Jonathan Garaffa

    Rodney Priestley, vice dean for innovation and the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Xiaohui Xu, a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, have been featured in Newsweek’s list of America’s Greatest Disruptors: Mind Blowers for their invention of a solar-powered water filter that could provide clean drinking water in areas with limited access to electricity.

  • Using light, researchers coax bacteria and yeast, usually competitors, to cooperate in producing chemicals

    Thursday, Dec 2, 2021
    by Molly A. Seltzer

    Strains of microbes like yeast and E. coli can be engineered to produce useful chemicals and fuels, and can produce more fuel more efficiently by working together. The problem is that when grown together in co-cultures, the fastest-growing strain often outcompetes the others, causing the community to break down and stop chemical production. Now, Princeton researchers have discovered a new way to stabilize co-cultures of microbes using light.

  • Engage 2021: Princeton’s 2-day virtual conference aimed at growing innovation ecosystem in N.J.

    Monday, Nov 29, 2021
    by ROI-NJ Staff (Princeton)

    Engage 2021, Princeton University’s second annual innovation and entrepreneurship conference, will feature a long list of top speakers and panelists presenting over two days, starting Wednesday.

    But don’t be confused: The event will be much more than just a college lecture.

    Rodney Priestley, the vice dean for innovation at the school, said the virtual event Dec. 1-2 is meant to do as its title suggests: engage.

  • Tech pioneers to headline Engage 2021 conference on innovation and entrepreneurship

    Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021
    by Molly Sharlach

    Engage 2021, Princeton’s second annual innovation and entrepreneurship conference, will be held online Dec. 1 and 2. The conference, which is free and open to everyone, offers opportunities to learn about, and catalyze, the transformation of discoveries into innovations that benefit society — from biomedicine and clean energy to wireless, cryptocurrency and quantum computing.

  • Corporate role in accelerating clean energy transition highlighted at 2021 ACEE Annual Meeting

    Monday, Nov 15, 2021
    by Molly A. Seltzer

    The chair of Denmark’s largest energy company told a Princeton audience that his firm’s shift from selling oil and gas to wind and other renewable electricity showed that moving to clean energy not only was good for the planet but also good for business.

    “It’s not a sacrifice, it’s an opportunity,” said Thomas Thune Andersen, chairman of Ørsted, a Danish energy multinational company that was formerly oil and gas company DONG Energy.

  • Princeton researchers advance knowledge of polymer fluid flows

    Thursday, Nov 11, 2021
    by Berkley Yiu, The Daily Princetonian

    In a recent study, chemical and biological engineering professor Sujit Datta and fifth-year graduate student Christopher Browne discovered why certain fluids increase in flow resistance under pressure when flowing through porous media — a question that has puzzled researchers for more than half a century.

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