Physical Sciences

  • 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 chemists find the surprisingly simple way mammals keep their bloodstream in balance

    Tuesday, Mar 1, 2022
    by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

    Chemists tend to think of the human body as operating out of a sense-and-respond paradigm. For example, you eat sugar, the pancreas senses the intake, and it responds by releasing the hormone insulin to keep your glucose levels in check.

    Scientists have long wondered whether there is a similar regulatory strategy for clearing other metabolites, like amino acids, to keep blood levels in a healthy range.

    The short answer: Nope.

  • Scientists visualize electron crystals in a quantum superposition

    Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022
    by Tom Garlinghouse for the Department of Physics

    Princeton scientists are using innovative techniques to visualize electrons in graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon atoms. They are finding that strong interactions between electrons in high magnetic fields drive them to form unusual crystal-like structures similar to those first recognized for benzene molecules in the 1860s by chemist August Kekulé. These crystals exhibit a spatial periodicity that corresponds to electrons being in a quantum superposition.

  • 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.

  • Chemistry's Jacobs, Schoop receive most prestigious NSF awards for early-career faculty

    Thursday, Feb 10, 2022
    by Wendy Plump

    Department of Chemistry assistant professors William Jacobs and Leslie Schoop have each been awarded five-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Materials Research, the NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty. 

  • Bonnie Bassler wins Wolf Prize in Chemistry

    Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022
    by Jonathan Garaffa, adapted from original post by Molecular Biology Staff

    Bonnie L. Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, has been announced as a winner of the 2022 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. Since 1978, the Wolf Foundation has awarded the acclaimed Wolf Prize to outstanding scientists and artists from around the world (regardless of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views), for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations amongst peoples.


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