Transforming troublesome seaweed into a feedstock of the future

Known as the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, the leviathan — visible from space — has wreaked havoc on environments and economies throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, where unprecedented quantities of seaweed routinely break away from the mat, wash ashore, and decay. In 2018 alone, attempts to clean up the errant seaweed from beaches…

Better mixing leads to faster reactions for important chemicals

Researchers have found a way to mimic turbulent mixing in tiny spaces by loading one of the liquids with springy polymers that stretch and recoil at microscopic scales, speeding chemical reaction rates by as much as a factor of 10. 

Class Day honors 29 graduating seniors

"Remember to think critically and independently," said Christos Maravelias, Anderson Family Professor of Energy and the Environment and chair of chemical and biological engineering. "This…

Charting a pathway to next-gen biofuels

From soil to sequestration, researchers at Princeton University and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center have modeled what a supply chain for second-generation biofuels might look like in the midwestern United States.

These next-generation biofuels are emerging as a more sustainable substitute for fossil fuel-derived gasoline and…

Jonathan Conway receives junior faculty award for excellence in research and teaching

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has honored Jonathan Conway with the E. Lawrence Keyes, Jr./Emerson Electric Co. Faculty Advancement Award for early-career excellence in research and teaching. He is one of three recipients of the award and one of seven assistant professors to receive a junior faculty award this year. Each…

Probing bacterial persistence to battle superbugs

Mark Brynildsen’s research group is working to understand the origins of bacterial persisters and identify their weaknesses. The lab’s discoveries have elucidated survival tactics of persisters that could inform more effective therapies to help curb antibiotic resistance.

Lauren Taylor awarded 2023 Dale Grieb Safety Award

Lauren Taylor, a postdoctoral research associate in the Princeton Materials Institute, has been awarded the 2023 Dale Grieb Safety Award by the School of Engineering and Applied Science for her contributions to laboratory and workplace safety.

Simulations reveal workings of droplets that underlie life’s functions

Jerelle Joseph seeks to uncover the rules behind the formation and evolution of cellular droplets known as biomolecular condensates, in which molecules come together to break down nutrients, send signals to neighboring cells, or turn on stress responses.

Biofuels specialist Montaño López wins Princeton’s top graduate student honor

Montaño López was joined by fellow winners Geneva Smith, Pasquale Toscano and Ryan Unger. The Jacobus Fellows will be honored at Alumni Day ceremonies Saturday, Feb. 24.

The fellowships support the students’ final year of study at Princeton and are awarded to…

Nanotech luminary Robert Prud’homme elected to National Academy of Engineering

Membership in the National Academy of Engineering is widely seen as one of the highest honors in the engineering profession. The 2024 class includes 114 members and 21 international members — researchers from across industry, academia and government.…