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From next-generation solar photovoltaics to fuels and chemicals generated by artificial photosynthesis, the researchers at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment are working on many promising technologies and solutions that will pave the way for a world less reliant on fossil fuels.

Use the research directory below to discover the expertise of our faculty. Click on the menu items on the right to read up on current and past Andlinger Center-funded research, learn about the center’s Energy Systems Analysis Group, and explore funding opportunities for faculty.

Sigrid Adriaenssens

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E332 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4661
Email Address: sadriaen@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Life-cycle design and costing of infrastructure and building, design of adaptive structural systems for building energy efficiency, design of large span complex curved structures for minimum material use

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Stanley Allen

George Dutton '27 Professor of Architecture

Location: S110 Architecture Building
Phone Number: 609-258-3737
Email Address: stallen@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Urban design and planning: Architectural field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practices of urban design as related to energy and environmental issues

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Craig Arnold

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Director, Princeton Institute for Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)

Location: 320 Bowen Hall/D410 Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-0250
Email Address: cbarnold@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Improved batteries, energy storage; photovoltaics, organic light emitting diodes, light- matter interactions

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Robert Austin

Professor of Physics

Location: 122 Jadwin Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-4353
Email Address: austin@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Directed evolution of algae for biofuel production, specifically the fast, consistent and high-volume production of oils; reduction in need for external nutrients such as nitrogen for biofuel production

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Jose Avalos

Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Location: 101 Hoyt Chemical Laboratory
Phone Number: 609-258-9881
Email Address: javalos@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Application and development of technologies in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering; development of microorganisms for the production of advanced biofuels, commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals, and bioplastics; biosensor and metabolic engineering for bioremediation

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Michael Bender

Professor of Geosciences

Location: M48 Guyot Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-2936
Email Address: bender@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Glacial-interglacial climate change

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Jay Benziger

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A407 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5416
Email Address: benziger@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Optimal configurations for improved fuel cell operaton (producing electricity from hydrogen); hydrogen production; efficient electrochemical pumps for hydrogen purification; gasification to produce fuels from organic materials

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Andrew Bocarsly

Professor of Chemistry

Location: 388 Frick Chemistry Lab
Phone Number: 609-258-3888
Email Address: bocarsly@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Improving membrane fuel cells that convert H2 and O2 or alcohols into electricity; exploring proton exchange polymer membranes; charge transfer processes and materials chemistry for alternate energy schemes including solar photochemistry and electrochemistry; electrochemical and semiconductor based photoelectrochemical conversion of CO2 to liquid fuels and syngas; water splitting for hydrogen production

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Elie Bou-Zeid

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E414 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5429
Email Address: ebouzeid@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Measurements and simulations of heat and water exchanges between buildings and the atmosphere; urban microclimatology and hydrology; boundary layer meteorology; environmental fluid mechanics and turbulence; wind energy forecasting, wind farm design

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M. Christine Boyer

William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture

Director, Program in Urban Studies

Location: S116A Architecture Building
Phone Number: 609-258-1446
Email Address: mcboyer@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Urban history; city planning and preservation planning

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