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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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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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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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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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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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Luc Deike

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Location: D428 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-7920
Email Address: ldeike@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Numerical and experimental studies of turbulent multi-phase flows in environmental systems, air-sea interaction, waves and breaking waves, drops and bubbles

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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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John Groves

Hugh Stott Taylor Chair of Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry

Location: 232 Frick Chemistry Lab
Phone Number: 609-258-3593
Email Address: jtgroves@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Biocatalysis of water oxidation for efficient hydrogen production

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Mikko Haataja

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: D404C Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-9126
Email Address: mhaataja@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Control of surface structures for multiple applications, including catalysis and evolving microstructures in solid oxide fuel cells

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Marcus Hultmark

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: D222 Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5689
Email Address: hultmark@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Wind turbine aerodynamics, turbulent drag reduction and turbulent heat transfer

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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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Antoine Kahn

Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science

Location: B420 Engineering Quad B-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4642
Email Address: kahn@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Organic thin films and organic electronics for photovoltaics: organic/organic heterojunctions that constitute the core of organic photovoltaic cells; interfaces between organic films and conducting oxides or polymer-functionalized surfaces that constitute the high and low work function anode and cathode of these solar cells; hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductor solar cells; chemical doping that increases carrier mobility for improved charge collection

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Yannis Kevrekidis

Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering, Emeritus

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, Emeritus

Location: A319 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-2818
Email Address: yannis@arnold.princeton.edu

Research Description:

Nonlinear dynamics tools and multiphase flow modeling are used to understand the interplay of reaction and transport in PEM fuel cells. Multiscale modeling of complex systems with applications to chemical reactions, transport processes, and agent-based models of behavioral dynamics and urban growth

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Bruce Koel

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: A311 Engineering Quad A-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4524
Email Address: bkoel@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Fabrication and characterization of novel fuel cell electrodes; structure, reactivity, and catalysis of platinum alloys; surface reactions of plasma facing components of fusion reactor walls; reaction mechanisms of iron nanoparticles for heavy metal sequestration in groundwater cleanup

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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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Ning Lin

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location: E328 Engineering Quad
Phone Number: 609-258-0266
Email Address: nlin@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Natural hazards and risk assessment, stochastic modeling, wind engineering, coastal engineering, climate change impact and adaptation, and built environment and sustainability; the study of tropical cyclones and associated weather extremes (e.g., strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge), how they change with climate, and how their impact on the natural and built environment can be mitigated

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Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo

Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

Theodora D. '78 and William H. Walton III '74 Professor in Engineering

Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Location: Andlinger 118
Phone Number: 609-258-9091
Email Address: lloo@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Thin-film photovoltaics, including polymer and molecular solar cells, hybrid perovskite solar cells and transparent solar cells, printable conductive inks, processing-structure-function relationships of electrically-active plastics, macro-scale energy systems analysis of biomass-derived liquid transportation fuels

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Luigi Martinelli

Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: D302C Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-6652
Email Address: gigi@phantom2.princeton.edu

Research Description:

Sustainable aviation through advanced multidisciplinary design optimization of airframes and air traffic management systems; design optimization of ship hulls for maximum efficiency; aerodynamic design optimization of wind turbines, propellers, fans, compressors and turbines; computational fluid dynamics of compressible reactive flows

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Denise Mauzerall

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and CEE

Location: E412 Engineering Quad E-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-2498
Email Address: mauzeral@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Analysis of air quality and climate impacts of various energy technologies (coal, gas, solar, wind) with the goal of identifying options with maximum co-benefits. Analysis of China’s energy future and options for air quality, health, and climate co-benefits. Effect of nitrogen, ozone, and water on sustainable intensification of crop production. Measurement of methane leakage from older U.S. natural gas infrastructure

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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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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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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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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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Herschel Rabitz

Charles Phelps Smyth '16 *17 Professor of Chemistry

Location: 253 Frick Chemistry Laboratory
Phone Number: 609-258-3917
Email Address: hrabitz@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Accelerated discovery of new materials and radiation-matter interactions expressed in an optimal control context.  Theoretical and experimental analysis of control landscape topology to guide the latter control-based perspectives in the energy sciences

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Barry Rand

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

Location: B414 Engineering Quad B-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-7692
Email Address: brand@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Thin film semiconductors and electronics; organic and chalcogenide semiconductors; photovoltaics; solar energy conversion; light trapping; thin film semiconductors and electronics; organic, perovskite, and chalcogenide semiconductors; photovoltaics; solar energy conversion; light emitting devices

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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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Jeffrey Schwartz

Professor of Chemistry

Location: 390 Frick Laboratory
Phone Number: 609-258-3926
Email Address: jschwart@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Interfacial modifiers in organic photovoltaics; interface chemistry; surface modification of polymer or inorganic conductor or semiconductor surfaces as a means to enhance performance of devices as diverse as diodes, organic transistors, or biosensors; strong interfaces between implant or tissue scaffold surfaces and biomolecules in the context of enhancing tissue integration with a prosthetic device

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Annabella Selloni

David B. Jones Professor of Chemistry

Location: 155 Frick Chemistry Lab
Phone Number: 609-258-3837
Email Address: aselloni@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Photovoltaics; use of density functional theory and molecular dynamics to improve efficiency of heterogeneous photocatalysis on semiconducting metal oxides; dye-sensitized solar cells

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Alexander Smits

Eugene Higgins Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: D218 Engineering Quad D-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-5117
Email Address: asmits@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Design and testing of vertical axis wind turbines; energy harvesting, laboratory simulations of atmospheric boundary layers; wildfire modeling

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Hakan Tureci

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Location: B312 Engineering Quad B-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-1993
Email Address: tureci@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Fundamental studies of light-matter interactions in complex solid state media; Design of novel nanophotonic and semiconductor media for optoelectronic applications.

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Sigurd Wagner

Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus

Location: B422 Engineering Quad B-Wing
Phone Number: 609-258-4631
Email Address: wagner@princeton.edu

Research Description:

Environmental aspects of electrical engineering; solar energy conversion; devices, processes, and materials for large-area electronics; sensor skins for civil infrastructure

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