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People Are at the Heart of Princeton

Princeton is about people. Our University is enriched by the wide range of experiences and perspectives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Our People

Researchers find nature’s backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients .

Princeton University researchers have found that nature has developed a backup method for converting atmospheric nitrogen into the nutrient form critical to plant growth and soil fertility. The researchers report that the process known as nitrogen fixation can be carried out by the metal vanadium in ecosystems — particularly in the northern hemisphere — where the primary catalyst molybdenum is scarce. The study suggests that nature’s capacity to restore ecosystems in the wake of human-made disturbances or fertilize agricultural land is more resilient than previously thought.

How to make better biofuels? Convince yeast it's not starving .

Yeast already helps make bread and beer and cranks out the biofuel ethanol, but scientists believe it can be used to create an even more efficient fuel called isobutanol. Normally, yeast only creates a tiny amount of isobutanol. Now researchers at Princeton University have discovered a genetic switch that significantly ramps up production. Isobutanol has about a 25% greater energy density than ethanol and is much better suited for use in vehicles than current ethanol-based fuels. Biofuels can be a renewable and environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum-based fuels.

Princeton's History

  • 1746

    College of New Jersey founded in Elizabeth, New Jersey, by the Presbyterian Synod
  • 1896

    Name officially changed to Princeton University
  • 1900

    Graduate School established
  • 1969

    Trustees vote to admit women undergraduates
  • 2001

    Financial aid policy changes, replacing loans with grants that do not need to be repaid
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