Physical Sciences

  • FDA approves ventilator designed by particle physics community

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020
    by by Lauren Biron, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Liz Fuller-Wright, Princeton University Office of Communications

    In just six weeks, from March 19 to May 1, an international team of physicists and engineers led by Princeton’s Cristian Galbiati brought a ventilator from concept to FDA approval.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Sunday, May 3, that the Mechanical Ventilator Milano (MVM) is safe for use in the United States under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization, which helps support public health during a crisis.

  • New Princeton study takes superconductivity to the edge

    Friday, May 1, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    A discovery that long eluded physicists has been detected in a laboratory at Princeton. A team of physicists detected superconducting currents — the flow of electrons without wasting energy — along the exterior edge of a superconducting material. The finding was published May 1 in the journal Science.

  • MacMillan, Ploss labs to map viral-host interactions for COVID-19

    Thursday, Apr 30, 2020
    by Wendy Plump, Department of Chemistry

    Responding to a challenge that tragic necessity has thrown to countless research labs around the world, a team from the Princeton Department of Chemistry will deploy its new cell mapping technology to shed light on the molecular interplay between COVID-19 and its host. The team is collaborating with Princeton molecular biologists who study viruses.

  • Four Princeton professors elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020
    by Princeton University

    Princeton professors Anne Case, Jennifer Rexford, Suzanne Staggs and Elke Weber have been named members of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

    They are among 146 scientists, scholars and engineers elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.

  • Twelve Princeton faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Friday, Apr 24, 2020
    by The Office of Communications

    Princeton faculty members Rubén Gallo, M. Zahid Hasan, Amaney Jamal, Ruby Lee, Margaret Martonosi, Tom Muir, Eve Ostriker, Alexander Smits, Leeat Yariv, James Stone and Muhammad Qasim Zaman have been named members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Visiting faculty member Alondra Nelson also was elected to the academy. 

    They are among 276 scholars, scientists, artists and leaders in the public, nonprofit and private sectors elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.

  • Particle physicists design simplified ventilator for COVID-19 patients

    Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    An international team of particle physicists have paused their search for dark matter to focus on the needs of victims of the global pandemic — in particular, their need to breathe.

    In severe cases, COVID-19 can lead to pneumonia requiring mechanical ventilation, but the world’s supply of ventilators has proven too small for the exponentially increasing demand.

  • Quantum computing: Opening new realms of possibilities

    Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020
    by Tom Garlinghouse for the Office of the Dean for Research

    Hidden beneath our everyday world — on the infinitesimal scale of atomic and subatomic particles — is a strange and elusive realm. It is a Lewis Carroll-like place where ghostly particles pop in and out of existence, swirling electrons occupy two positions at once, and objects possess dual natures — they can be both waves and particles simultaneously.

  • Real-life examples bring new energy to core thermodynamics course

    Thursday, Jan 9, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    Traditionally, engineering students have learned about the thermodynamics of gas turbines by studying diagrams and solving equations, but this year they also donned hard hats, safety glasses and ear plugs to tour a plant that produces electricity for half a million homes.


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