Physical Sciences

  • Princeton Research Day explores the research process across disciplines

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019
    by Aaron Nathans, Office of Engineering Communications

    Say the word “research,” and the first images that come to mind might be a test tube, a microchip, or a laser and safety goggles.

    But at the fourth annual Princeton Research Day, the sciences and engineering will share center stage with research on topics such as 17th-century Italian keyboard music, reflections on the musical “Legally Blonde” and a supernova illustrated by dance.

    Princeton Research Day starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the Frist Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Harnessing sunlight to pull hydrogen from wastewater

    Monday, May 6, 2019
    by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Hydrogen is a critical component in the manufacture of thousands of common products from plastic to fertilizers, but producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive. Now, a research team at Princeton University has harnessed sunlight to isolate hydrogen from industrial wastewater.

  • Symposium honoring Socolow looks forward from 48 years of climate action

    Monday, Apr 22, 2019
    by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute

    In the grand tradition of European academia known as festschrift, colleagues and friends of a retiring academic gather to commemorate the gravity and legacy of the person’s career with papers and talks.

    Robert Socolow has been to enough festschrifts to know that, after 48 years at Princeton of teaching, studying, contemplating, reframing, challenging, and often times expanding how scientists and society understand the environment, a retrospective wasn’t for him.

  • Bhargava and Scholes elected to Royal Society

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge announced today that Manjul Bhargava and Gregory Scholes are two of the 62 scientists who have become fellows or foreign members of the Royal Society.

  • New technology marks a key step toward shrinking a medical lab to fit on fingertip

    Monday, Apr 1, 2019
    by Bennett McIntosh for the School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Identifying a patient’s viral infection or diagnosing a blood disorder usually requires a lab and skilled technicians. But researchers at Princeton University have developed a new technology that goes a long way toward replacing the lab with a single microchip.

  • Princeton scientists discover chiral crystals exhibiting exotic quantum effects

    Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Crystals possessing “handedness” exhibit unusual properties. New evidence suggests that they can host electrons moving like slowed down light and their collective behavior mimics magnetic monopoles.

    An international team of researchers has discovered that certain classes of crystals with an asymmetry like biological “handedness,” known as chiral crystals, may harbor electrons that behave in unexpected ways.


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