Environmental/Energy/Sustainability

  • Fisch receives funding for ‘unlikely but fantastic’ clean energy technology

    Thursday, Mar 10, 2022
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Mention fusion energy, and people around here will think of the breakthroughs happening at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) in fusing — combining — the nuclei of hydrogen isotopes. But there are other kinds of fusion power, including one long shot that just got a big boost from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

  • Fefferman and Levin receive BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

    Tuesday, Mar 8, 2022
    by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute; Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Two Princeton professors, mathematician Charles Fefferman and ecologist Simon Levin, have received Frontiers of Knowledge Awards from the BBVA Foundation.

  • Princeton startup aims to fast-track lithium battery recycling

    Thursday, Feb 10, 2022
    by Molly A. Seltzer

    Billions of dead lithium-ion batteries, including many from electric vehicles, are accumulating because there is no cost-effective process to revive them. Now Princeton researchers have developed an inexpensive, sustainable way to make new batteries from used ones and have spun off a company to scale up the innovation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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