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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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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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Thomas Kreutz

Energy Systems Modeler, Energy Systems Analysis Group

Location: 014 Andlinger Center
Phone Number: 609-258-5691
Email Address: kreutz@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Modeling the performance and economics of environmentally friendly, advanced energy conversion systems that have the potential for high efficiency and low emissions of criteria pollutants and/or greenhouse gases, novel technologies and methods for producing low-cost and low net carbon energy carriers, such as synthetic liquid fuels, electricity, and/or hydrogen – with CO2 capture for sequestration from the atmosphere – from biomass and fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.  Modeling the prospective deep decarbonization of the U.S. power grid.

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Michael Mueller

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: D332 Engineering Quad, D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5191
Email Address: muellerm@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Predictive numerical simulations of turbulent combustion; pollutant emissions in turbulent reacting flows; uncertainty quantification for turbulent reacting flows; numerical methods and parallel algorithms for turbulent reacting flows; applications to gas turbines and reciprocating engines

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Joshua Rabinowitz

Professor of Chemistry and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Location: 241 Carl C. Icahn Laboratory
Phone Number: 609-258-8985
Email Address: joshr@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Novel methods for probing metabolism, metabolic flux and regulation in bacteria and yeast, application to metabolic engineering and bioenergy

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Greg Scholes

William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry

Location: 125 Frick Chemistry Lab
Phone Number: 609-258-0729
Email Address: gscholes@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Mechanisms of light harvesting and light-induced charge separation; photosynthesis; organic semiconductors; bioinspiration (learning from novelties in nature)

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