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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.

Paul Cuff

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Location: B316 Engineering Quad B-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-7946
Email Address: cuff@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Communications, control, security (“smart grid”)

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Pablo Debenedetti

Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Dean for Research

Location: 91 Prospect Avenue, Room 107
Phone Number: 609-258-5480
Email Address: pdebene@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Carbon capture and storage; molecular modeling of hydrate melting and formation as possible approach to carbon sequestration; molecular modeling of heterogeneous ice nucleation for improved weather and climate models; computational modeling of phase behavior of water, carbon dioxide and salt mixtures for carbon capture and storage and geothermal energy production; computational investigation of water in nafion membranes for fuel cells; desalination with gas hydrates for improved fresh water production and greater energy efficiency

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Leo Donner

Lecturer in Geosciences

Location: 257 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Phone Number: 609-452-6562
Email Address: leo.j.donner@noaa.gov

Research Description:

Climate-model development; cloud and convective processes in the atmospheric general circulation; role of clouds in climate and climate change

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Abigail Doyle

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Location: 129 Frick Chemistry Lab
Phone Number: 609-258-1944
Email Address: agdoyle@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Design of new catalytic methods for the efficient synthesis of bioactive compounds and organic materials

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Frederick Dryer

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus

Location: D329D Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5206
Email Address: fldryer@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Petroleum and non-petroleum derived transportation fuels and fuel blends, their production, chemical kinetics, energy security, and net carbon cycle emission impacts; ignition, combustion, and air pollutant emissions generation/abatement; syngas/high-hydrogen content fuels for advanced gas turbine power generation; fire safety related issues on earth and in micro gravity environments

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Jianqing Fan

Frederick L. Moore, Class of 1918, Professor in Finance

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Director, Committee for Statistical Studies

Location: 205 Sherrred Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-7924
Email Address: jqfan@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Risk modleing, statistics, financial econometrics, analysis of big data, computational biology, machine learning, probabilistic tropical cyclone risk modeling

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Nathaniel Fisch

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences

Director, Program in Plasma Physics

Associate Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences and Program in Plasma Physics

Location: MS30 C-Site T162 PPL
Phone Number: 609-243-2643
Email Address: fisch@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Plasma physics with applications to nuclear fusion energy: plasma waves, current drive, laser/plasma interaction; atomic radiation in plasmas; petroleum refining; statistical inference and pattern recognition, modified Otto-cycle engines

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Michael Freedman

Professor of Computer Science

Location: 308 Computer Science Building
Phone Number: 609-258-9179
Email Address: mfreed@princeton.edu

Research Description:

IoT platforms and applications; energy-efficient; cloud and mobile systems; distributed systems and geo-replicated applications

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Mario Gandelsonas

Professor of Architecture

Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture

Director, Center of Architecture, Infrastructure and Urbanism in the School of Architecture

Location: S115B Architecture Building
Phone Number: 609-258-8221
Email Address: mgndlsns@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Urban planning and development of sustainable infrastructures for the 21st century

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Maria Garlock

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E307 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-2728
Email Address: mgarlock@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Resilient and sustainable structural design, and efficient structural systems and forms that minimize construction materials.

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