Climate and Energy Challenge Research
Rainforest Research InstituteDavid Medvigy and Lars Hedin are creating the PIRANHA Consortium, a tropical rainforest research community of Princeton faculty, undergraduates, and GFDL researchers to conduct integrated biological, biogeochemical, and atmospheric investigations of rainforests and impacts from large-scale deforestation. more>>
Biofuels & Combustion SensingGerard Wysocki and Yiguang Ju are developing a novel in-situ sensing method to detect key species in biofuel combustion and creating a new course on cleaner transport fuels, combustion sensing, and emission control. more >>
Water-Rock InteractionsJohn Higgins is using an experimental rock autoclave system to study how weathering reactions at Earth’s surface and in deep-sea hydrothermal systems impact global climate on geologic timescales. Higgins is developing a new lab-based undergraduate course on analytical techniques in the environmental and engineering sciences. more >>
Vertical Axis Wind FarmsWind is an abundant and increasingly adopted source of clean, renewable energy. Elie Bou-Zeid and Alexander Smits are working on the optimization of vertical axis wind turbines from the scale of the individual-blade to the scale of large wind farms. more >>
Plant Metabolic Rate ProcessesMichael Bender is studying the processes of photosynthesis and respiration in land plants. With the acquisition of a cavity ringdown spectrometer, Bender is developing education materials centered around variations in the CO2 concentration of local air and isotopic composition.
Microbial Fuel CellsHoward Stone is conducting research on microbial fuel cells using methods of microfluidics. Stone is also creating interdisciplinary modules for mathematical modeling to enhance an applied mathematics course required of all engineering undergraduates. more >>
DesalinationDesalination is a core technology in the quest for providing humankind with access to fresh water. Sankaran Sundaresan and colleagues are exploring the feasibility of desalination via formation of clathrate hydrates to address the water challenge, while also lowering energy demand.
Accessible Climate ComputingJaswinder Singh and Venkatramani Balaji are integrating the leading climate research being done at GFDL with the scalable computing expertise on the Princeton campus. A new upper-level application-driven course on parallel computing is being developed, with climate modeling being a driving application area. more >>
Alternative Energy StorageCraig Arnold is developing high-capacity, extended-life energy storage devices for use with solar and wind technologies. Undergraduates in Arnold’s new freshman seminar course examine how energy is used, generated, stored and converted, and explore emerging energy alternatives.