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Carbon Capture & Storage

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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Ian Bourg

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Location: E416 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-4541
Email Address: bourg@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Research examines the fundamental properties of interfacial water and their impact on geochemistry, mechanics, and mass fluxes in soils and sedimentary environments. Current projects focus on understanding how clay minerals control hydraulic permeability and the fate of transport of organic compounds.

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Michael A. Celia

Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources

Director, Princeton Environmental Institute

Location: E409 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5425
Email Address: celia@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Ground-water hydrology; geological sequestration of CO2; simulation methods for multi-phase flow in porous media; ecohydrology; contaminant transport simulation

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Maurizio Chiaramonte

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E324 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-5426
Email Address: chiaramonte@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Developing, advancing, and leveraging numerical tools, such as finite element methods, numerical optimization techniques, as well as machine learning algorithms, to support the advancement of engineering design and the understanding of fundamental physical phenomena.

Particular emphasis on numerical methods for simulating multi-physics problems involving damage and fracture, largely deforming inelastic solids, viscoplastic fluids, as well as fluid-structure interaction. The development of such numerical tools is driven by applications in the context of energy resources engineering, geophysics & climate modeling, hazard modeling, as well as defense.

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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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Claire Gmachl

Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical Engineering

Associate Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering

Director, Program in Materials Science and Engineering

Location: C234 Engineering Quad C-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-7489
Email Address: cgmachl@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Mid-infrared sensing applications in environment using high-performance quantum cascade lasers; instrument development for remote sensing of pollutants; field deployments of environmental sensors; laser development for mid-infrared, trace-chemical sensors

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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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Stephen Pacala

Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Location: 103A Eno Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-6885
Email Address: pacala@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Interactions between the global biosphere and climate; carbon mitigation; effects of global vegetation on climate; large-scale measurement of natural and anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions

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Athanassios Panagiotopoulos

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Associate Director (Energy), Program in Technology and Society

Location: A217 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4591
Email Address: azp@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Molecular modeling of phase behavior and transport properties of CO2 / brine mixtures, which is of fundamental importance in understanding the long-term fate of CO2 injected in underground rock formations for carbon capture and storage; computational studies of nafion fuel cell membranes, liquid metals as plasma-facing components for fusion energy systems

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Catherine Peters

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director, Program in Geological Engineering

Location: E417A Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5645
Email Address: cap@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Environmental water quality and industrial wastewater treatment. Geochemical reactions in energy resources engineering including geologic sequestration of CO2, hydrofracking, and geothermal energy production. Reactive flows in porous, permeable, and fractured media

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Jean-Herve Prevost

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E232 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5424
Email Address: prevost@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Detailed numerical models of coupled multi-phase compositional thermo-poromechanical effects including leaky wells and discrete fracture models to assess the safety of CO2 injection in deep brine aquifers

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George Scherer

William L. Knapp '47 Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), Emeritus

Location: E319 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5680
Email Address: scherer@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Durability of materials for sustainable infrastructure

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Robert Socolow

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus

Location: 139 Guyot Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5446
Email Address: socolow@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Global energy system response to global and local environmental and security constraints; carbon dioxide capture from fossil fuels and storage in geological formations; nuclear power; energy efficiency in buildings; advanced technologies in developing countries

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Sankaran Sundaresan

Norman John Sollenberger Professor in Engineering

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A315 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4583
Email Address: sundar@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Hydrate-based desalination technology for improved energy efficiency; carbon capture technology planning through use of large-scale simulations of reacting multiphase flows on large computational platforms

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Claire White

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Location: E326 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-6263
Email Address: whitece@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Investigation of the long-term behavior of low-CO2 concrete and the mineralization processes during CO2 capture and storage; durability of alkali-activated cements; atomic and nanoscale morphology of cementitious materials; reaction kinetics of cement formation; amorphous carbonate materials; combined modeling/experimental methodologies; Monte Carlo methods; ab-initio calculations; total scattering analysis.

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