News: Research

How do you treat untreatable infections? Do what the microbes do.
Dec. 15, 2022

In a discovery with implications for the drug-resistance crisis, Princeton Engineering researchers have isolated a compound that kills bacteria that can cause incurable infections.

2022 Maeder graduate fellows advance research on sustainable meats and clean drinking water
Aug. 17, 2022

Shannon Hoffman and Joanna Schneider, both graduate students in chemical and biological engineering, will receive one year of funding supported by the Paul A. Maeder ’75 Fund for Innovation in Energy and the Environment. Their fellowships cover tuition and stipends for the 2022–23 academic year.

Shannon Hoffman

To curb greenhouse…

Artificial intelligence broke the ice in simulating how water freezes
Aug. 15, 2022

A team based at Princeton University has accurately simulated the initial steps of ice formation by applying artificial intelligence (AI) to solving equations that govern the quantum behavior of individual atoms and molecules.

The resulting simulation describes how water molecules transition into solid ice with quantum accuracy. This…

Once seen as fleeting, a new solar tech proves its lasting power
June 30, 2022

An emerging class of solar energy technology, made with perovskite semiconductors, has passed the long-sought milestone of a 30-year lifetime. The Princeton Engineering researchers who designed the new device also revealed a new method for testing long-term performance, a key hurdle on the road to commercialization.

Our COVID vaccines would not exist without this unsung Princeton technology
May 2, 2022
For 20 years, researchers in Robert Prud’homme’s lab have fine-tuned a technology that has revolutionized drug manufacturing, enabling everything from mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines to malaria drugs. The life-saving molecules that treat those diseases are fragile, and they must survive an epic voyage from a lab bench, through the supply chain, into a blood cell. Encapsulation gives them a secure vehicle and a final heading. It’s a delicate craft backed by complex mathematics, and over the arc of his career, Prud’homme has become a master craftsman.