Research at PRISM is highly interdisciplinary and interactive. Much of the research takes place through research centers focused on specific emerging fields. The current centers are listed below.
Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM)
Director: Prof. Nai-Phuan Ong
Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE)
Director: Prof. Claire Gmachl
Princeton Physical Sciences-Oncology Center (PPS-OC)
Director: Prof. Robert Austin
The PPS-OC is one of 12 National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded centers established to engage trans-disciplinary scientific teams from the fields of physics, biology, chemistry and engineering to examine non-traditional approaches to cancer research. The Princeton Physical Sciences-Oncology Center's goal is to understand the explosive evolution of cancer under stress at a deep theoretical and experimental level. The research utilizes experimental microfabrication techniques to create complex habitats that will allow researchers to analyze how different conditions may promote or inhibit cancer evolution and tumor formation. The PPS-OC will provide education outreach and training opportunities, and will fund a number of innovative pilot projects relating to cancer research. Collaborating with Princeton will be: The University of California San Francisco, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of California Santa Cruz and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center (CEFRC)
Director: Prof. Chung K. Law
Co-Director: Prof. Emily A. Carter
The CEFRC center, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), will focus on the science underlying the development of non-petroleum-based fuels, including carbon-neutral biofuels and their optimal use in transportation. Fundamental insights in combustion and fuel chemistry ranging from quantum chemistry to turbulence-chemistry interactions will address the goal enunciated by the 2007 DOE Basic Energy Sciences Workshop, namely to develop a "validated, predictive, multi-scale, combustion modeling capability to optimize the design and operation of evolving fuels in advanced engines for transportation applications." This science intrinsically involves chemistry with transport at conditions far from equilibrium and at high pressures, the control of process at the level of electrons, and a coordinated multi-scale approach for understanding and predicting emergent behaviors such as nanoscale particle properties and turbulent flame phenomena.
Center for Networks, Science, and Applications (CNSA)
Director: Prof. Paul Prucnal