News: Research

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.
Health, environment and imaging are focus of this year’s Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund grants
April 28, 2022
Sujit Datta and Emily Davidson will co-lead a team receiving funding from the Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. The project aims to reduce urban flooding by developing a new concrete-like material that absorbs rainwater and then releases it slowly back to the environment.
Drug purification could be controlled with light using technology supported by Princeton's IP Accelerator Fund
April 20, 2022
A project aimed at controlling pharmaceutical purification with light, led by CBE researchers, has been selected for financial support from Princeton’s Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund.
Bacteria prompt a new look at the dynamics of collective behavior
March 8, 2022
A study led by Princeton researchers has revealed how bacteria navigate obstacles to ensure cohesive group movement. The finding has implications for understanding the general processes of collective migration, from cancer cells responding to chemical stimulus to wildebeest moving across the savanna.