News: Surface Science and Catalysis

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.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $6.6 million to fund two projects led or co-led by Princeton researchers who seek to transform a major greenhouse gas into fuel and to use biologically-inspired materials to greatly reduce waste and improve performance in building construction.
As the climate changes, drought is worsening across large swaths of the globe. To combat this, a team of Princeton researchers is looking to an unusual water source – the air. The team aims to use thermo-responsive hydrogels, or networks of polymers that are commonly used in biomedical applications, for water harvesting.