Energy and Environment

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.

Faculty

José L. Avalos

Metabolic Engineering; Synthetic Biology; Structural Biology and Protein Engineering; Systems Biology; Protein Biochemistry and Biophysics

Pierre-Thomas Brun

Dynamics of Fluids and Flexible Solids; Interfacial Phenomena; Pattern Forming Instabilities; Dynamics of Living Systems

Jonathan M. Conway

Plant-Microbe Interactions; Systems Biology; Microbiome; Bacterial Genetics; Synthetic Biology; Enzymology

Sujit S. Datta

Soft Matter Physics and Engineering; Flow Through Porous Media; Interfacial Phenomena; Biophysics; Biological Polymers; Microfluidics

Emily C. Davidson

Polymer Science and Engineering; Nanostructured and Liquid Crystalline Polymers; Engineering and Design of Hierarchical Materials; Additive Manufacturing

Pablo G. Debenedetti

Liquid State Theory; Glass Transition; Nucleation Theory; Protein Thermodynamics; Molecular Simulation; Biopreservation

Bruce E. Koel

Surface Science; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Photocatalysis; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Plasma-Materials Interactions

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo

Organic and Polymer Transistors and Solar Cells; Organic Semiconductors and Conducting Polymers; Self-Assembled Monolayers; Soft Lithography

Marcella Lusardi

Materials Synthesis; Solid-state Characterization; Advanced Spectroscopy; Catalysis

Christos Maravelias

Process Systems Engineering; Modeling, Synthesis and Analysis of Renewable Energy Systems; Optimization Methods and Algorithms

Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos

Molecular simulation of fluids, materials and biological systems; Thermodynamic analysis of processes; Ionic liquids and their applications

Rodney D. Priestley

Polymer Science and Engineering, Nanoscale Materials Characterization, Supramolecular Polymers, Healing and Responsive Materials, Polymeric Membranes

Richard A. Register

Polymer Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Rheology

Michele L. Sarazen

Active Site Engineering; Kinetic, Synthetic and Theoretical Techniques; Reaction Mechanisms of Heterogeneous Catalysts

Sankaran Sundaresan

Granular and Multiphase Flow; Chemical Reactor Design, Stability, and Dynamics

Michael A. Webb

Theory and simulation of soft/polymeric materials; computational materials design; multiscale simulation; machine-learning in molecular modeling

Associated Faculty

Ian C. Bourg

Clay Mineral Surface Geochemistry; Geologic Carbon Sequestration; Kinetic Isotope Effects in Aqueous Systems; Liquid Water at Interfaces

Kelsey B Hatzell

Batteries, Electrochemical Engineering, Separations, and X-ray Characterization

Howard A. Stone

Fluid Dynamics and Transport Processes; Complex Fluids; Colloidal Hydrodynamics; Microfluidics; Cellular-scale Hydrodynamics; Biofilms

Claire White

Durability of Alkali-Activated Cements; Atomic and Nanoscale Morphology of Cementitious Materials; Reaction Kinetics of Cement Formation