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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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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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Adam Burrows

Professor of Astrophysical Sciences

Director, Program in Planets and Life

Location: 105 Peyton Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-3590
Email Address: burrows@astro.princeton.edu

Research Description:

General energy studies; fission and fusion; climate change; battery technology; policy

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Emily A. Carter

Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment

Founding Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (2010-2016)

Location: C230 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-5391
Email Address: eac@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Design of new materials for solar energy conversion to electricity and fuels; lightweight metal alloy design for fuel-efficient vehicles; clean, efficient combustion of biofuels; solid oxide fuel cell cathode design for efficient electricity production; robust materials for fusion reactor walls

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Minjie Chen

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Location: 217 Andlinger
Phone Number: 609-258-7656
Email Address: minjie@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Design of power conversion and management systems to address technical challenges with large social impacts. High performance power conversion systems for a wide range of applications, including smart grid, renewable generation, energy storage, telecom, data centers, electric vehicles, and robotics.

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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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Stephen Chou

Joseph C. Elgin Professor of Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Location: B412 Engineering Quad, B-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4416
Email Address: chou@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Design, fabrication, and characterization of new nanostructured materials and devices for better performances, particularly high efficiency, in solar cells, LEDs, thermal-electric devices, photocathodes, photochemical convertors, chemical/bio sensors, and other energy conversion devices

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Yiguang Ju

Robert Porter Patterson Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Director, Program in Sustainable Energy

Location: D330 Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5644
Email Address: yju@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Sustainable energy, propulsion, and functional nano-materials; high-hydrogen syngas for turbines; efficient kinetic models of biofuel combustion for ground transportation; efficient ignition systems for high-speed propulsion with non-equilibrium plasma discharge; validated surrogate fuel model for jet fuels; functional nanomaterials for solar cells and batteries

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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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Eric Larson

Senior Research Engineer

Location: 015 Andlinger Center
Phone Number: 609-258-4966
Email Address: elarson@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Energy systems analysis intersecting engineering, environmental science, economics, and public policy and aimed at identifying sustainable, engineering-based solutions to major energy-related problems; advanced biomass and fossil energy conversion to fuels and electricity with CO2 capture and storage.

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Warren Powell

Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Director, Program in Engineering and Management Systems

Location: 230 Sherrerd Hall
Phone Number: 609-258-5373
Email Address: powell@princeton.edu

Research Description:

High-dimensional stochastic optimization for: Storage of energy from wind and solar; stochastic, multiscale energy policy models for energy investment decisions; control of smart grids; management of plug-in electric vehicles; control of heterogeneous storage devices; R&D portfolio optimization; heavy-tailed models of electricity prices; and finding optimal demand response strategies in the presence of time-varying prices

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Daniel Steingart

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Location: 214 Andlinger Center
Phone Number: 609-258-1257
Email Address: steingart@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Acoustic determination of battery states/failure, Customized form factors for batteries, capacitors and supercapacitors, failure analysis, in-situ/in-operando characterization, conformal high throughput processes, distributed process monitoring, multi-scale power device integration

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