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Andlinger workshop encourages energy solutions through collaboration

Lynn Loo, an associate professor of chemical engineering, talks with an industry representative during an Andlinger Center workshop to foster collaboration between researchers and companies.

Princeton scientists and energy industry representatives explored possible collaborations at a June 10 workshop aimed at turning fundamental research into technologies to address the energy challenges of the 21st century.

The workshop, the first in a series, is sponsored The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, an interdisciplinary energy research center established in July 2008 through a $100 million gift from international business leader Gerhard R. Andlinger.

Pablo Debenedetti, vice dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, told the workshop participants that the center will focus on developing alternative energy sources, improving the energy-efficiency of existing technologies and finding ways of reducing the amount of carbon that humans emit into the atmosphere.

“Working with industry from day one is fundamental to the activities of the Andlinger Center,” he said.

During the workshop, held in the Friend Center for Engineering Education, engineering school faculty members presented their research and explained how they might partner with companies to bring innovations to the market. Following the researchers’ talks, industry representatives introduced the work their companies are doing in the energy field.

Princeton faculty who presented were:

  • Claire Gmachl, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment center, on her research on lasers for remote sensing.
  • Craig Arnold, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, on his research on energy storage in batteries.
  • Fred Dryer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, on his research in combustion.
  • Emily CarterEmily Carter, the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, on her research in computational modeling of materials for energy applications.
  • Lynn LooLynn Loo, associate professor of chemical engineering, on her work on plastic solar cells.

Industry representatives who presented:

  • Paula Duran, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Allan Bruce, Sunlight Photonics, Inc.
  • Adam Cohen, Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (PPPL)
  • Shihab Kuran, Petra Solar
  • Imran Bhutta, Innovation Engineering
  • David Kalokitis, Power Survey Corporation (PSC)
  • Alan Delahoy, EPV Solar
  • Kevin Duffy, Novede Technologies