Over the next several decades, energy and environmental issues will be at the forefront of consideration for engineers and the society at large. We are researching effective and environmentally-friendly ways to enhance oil recovery, as well as routes toward alternative, sustainable energy sources via photovoltaics and the indirect conversion of sunlight into renewable biofuels. We are also researching solutions to environmental challenges like water remediation and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
We collaborate with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, which is the center of a large effort on fusion energy, on the development of appropriate materials for plasma reactors (i.e. tokamaks). And we are currently investigating methods to remove CO2 from flue gases through the use of special high-temperature fuel cells.
Work in this area is frequently done in collaboration with the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, where CBE faculty have a strong presence at all levels of leadership and research. The Andlinger Center also has active research into the holistic integration and analysis of energy technologies and the impact of policy, economics and human behavior on their implementation.