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David Graves joins faculty and will head new research for plasma applications

David Graves has been appointed professor of chemical and biological engineering, and named to lead a new research enterprise at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He will explore plasma applications in nanotechnology for everything from semiconductor manufacturing to the next generation of super-fast quantum computers.

Materials expert Rodney Priestley awarded for pioneering contributions to polymer science
The American Chemical Society has honored Rodney Priestley with a 2020 Young Investigator Award, citing his pioneering contributions to polymer science. The ACS will hold a symposium in his honor in August.
Maravelias, expert in renewable energy systems, joins Princeton faculty

Christos T. Maravelias has been named the Anderson Family Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor of chemical and biological engineering, effective September 1, 2020.

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Princeton funds seven rapid, novel and actionable COVID-19 research projects

With the aim of accelerating solutions to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton has awarded University funding for seven new faculty-led research initiatives with strong potential for impact, including one in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The funding enables faculty and their teams to…

Innovation funds propel research to improve health, computing and sustainability
The water bear, a micro-sized animal that can survive environments as extreme as the vacuum of space, could help doctors store high-value cells such as embryos and stem cells at room temperature instead of deep freezing them, which would greatly lower cost and risk. Research on this possibility is one of 11 projects awarded Innovation Research Grants by the School of Engineering and Applied Science this year.
Tiny springs give a boost to environmental clean up
Cleaning up groundwater is no small job, but a team of Princeton researchers is on a mission to make it simpler — using microscopic springs.
Water-balloon physics is high-impact science
Water balloons may seem like a trivial matter. A toy for mischievous kids in summer. But for scientists, the behavior of balls of liquid wrapped in a thin elastic membrane is critical to everything from understanding blood cells to fighting fires.
Senior Wagner awarded ReachOut fellowship for public service

Princeton seniors Danielle Stephenson and Riley Wagner have been awarded fellowships from ReachOut 56-81-06, an alumni-funded effort that supports year-long public service projects after graduation.

Each student will receive a stipend of $30,000 to pay for living expenses during their fellowship year.

Stephenson will use…

Geneticists pump the brakes on DNA, revealing key developmental process
Researchers at Princeton University have revealed the inner workings of a gene repression mechanism in fruit fly embryos, adding insight to the study of human diseases.
Thawani, graduate student who blends disparate fields for health research, wins Weintraub Award
Akanksha Thawani, an explorer of cells' structural foundations, has received a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.