Physical Sciences

  • Doctoral research helps develop tool to probe plastics’ behavior down to the molecular scale

    Friday, Mar 8, 2019
    by Adam Hadhazy, Office of Engineering Communications

    Consider the humble tire. Sitting outside on a frigid winter day, it's hard as a stone, yet when spinning under a drag racer, a tire becomes warmly pliable. For everyday materials, from glass to rubber to plastic, these fundamental changes in behavior are determined by the glass transition temperature.

  • Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common

    Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    In a major step forward for an area of research that earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, an international team has found that substances with exotic electronic behaviors called topological materials are in fact quite common, and include everyday elements such as arsenic and gold. The team created an online catalog to make it easy to design new topological materials using elements from the periodic table.

  • Steinhardt's changing views from Big Bang to Big Bounce featured in Simons Foundation video

    Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

    The Simons Foundation recently featured Princeton University Professor Paul Steinhardt in its web video series, "Four Minutes With."

    Steinhardt, a 2018 Simons Fellow in theoretical physics, explains how he has changed his thinking on cosmic inflation and the Big Bang theory and is now reconsidering a "Big Bounce" cyclical theory of the universe. Steinhardt was a key developer of the inflation theory. 

  • Ten Princeton faculty members awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

    Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Ten Princeton scientists have been selected to receive 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive grants given to outstanding young scholars working at the frontiers of their fields.

    The 10 fellows are among 126 biologists, chemists, computer scientists, economists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, ocean scientists and physicists chosen for the award from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Princeton earned the most fellowships of any single-campus institution, with at least one winner from each field.

  • Princeton IP accelerator funding awarded to seven promising technologies

    Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Seven innovations with the potential to benefit society and spur the economy have been awarded funding to bridge the gap between laboratory research and the development needed to move promising ideas into the global marketplace.

  • Princeton Catalysis Initiative fosters research innovation

    Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Through the Princeton Catalysis Initiative (PCI), scientists, engineers and scholars are reaching across disciplinary boundaries to create and explore new research areas at the intersection of what were once separate fields. PCI held its second annual symposium on campus Jan. 15-16, bringing researchers together to help fan the sparks of innovation and collaboration.

  • Burdine and Weber named AAAS Fellows

    Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Princeton University faculty members Rebecca Burdine and Elke Weber have been named 2018 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished work.

    New fellows will be honored Feb. 16 during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., and in the AAAS News & Notes section of the Nov. 29 issue of Science.

  • Sedgewick receives prize for mathematical exposition

    Monday, Nov 26, 2018
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    The American Mathematical Society has awarded its 2019 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition to Robert Sedgewick, Princeton’s William O. Baker *39 Professor in Computer Science, and posthumously to French computer scientist Philippe Flajolet, for their 2009 book “Analytic Combinatorics.”


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