News: Energy and Environment

A new device that purifies water relying only on sunlight could help produce clean drinking water at low cost and little environmental impact. When placed in contaminated water, the gel soaks up only pure water, leaving contaminants behind. When sunlight warms the gel, it change shapes and expels the water for collection.
The Graduate School has awarded Christopher A. Browne a Wallace Memorial Fellowship in Engineering, funding his Ph.D. work for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Three technologies emerging from CBE that address some of society’s biggest challenges — from transparent solar cells to low-cost water purification — will receive support for research and development through Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund.