News: Surface Science and Catalysis

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.
A team from Princeton University and Ohio State University has been awarded a five-year, $3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance research on low-temperature plasmas.