VP David McComas receives the 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award
April 4, 2022
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

The Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), part of the International Science Council, announced today that they are honoring Princeton’s David McComas with the 2022 Distinguished Scientist Award “for original research, technical…

A timeline of innovation and impact at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
March 17, 2022
Written by Princeton University

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is the U.S. national laboratory with the mission to develop the scientific foundation for the creation of fusion energy, the power source of the sun and the stars. 

Fusion energy research in the United States began at PPPL, and the lab's 71-year history offers a glimpse into some of the key…

Energy leaders are convening at the White House for a summit on the commercialization of clean fusion energy
March 17, 2022
Written by Jeanne Jackson DeVoe, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Steve Cowley, director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), was among a group of national leaders in fusion energy who met in Washington, D.C., on March 17 for a White House summit hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

PPPL researcher's work yields a breakthrough for a promising fusion-energy device
March 3, 2022
Written by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

How can scientists create fusion — the energy that powers the sun and stars — to produce clean energy?

For decades, fusion researchers have largely focused on tokamaks, which use a symmetrical, donut-shaped field to contain the fuel that creates the energy. But a twisty stellarator, an experimental magnetic facility invented by…

How the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab contributed to the new world record in clean fusion energy
Feb. 15, 2022
Written by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Research by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has played a supporting role in the recent major advance in the production of fusion power at the Joint European Torus (JET) in the United Kingdom. In the recently disclosed breakthrough by the EUROfusion research consortium that…

Princeton startup aims to fast-track lithium battery recycling
Feb. 10, 2022

Billions of dead lithium-ion batteries, including many from electric vehicles, are accumulating because there is no cost-effective process to revive them. Now Princeton researchers have developed an inexpensive, sustainable way to make new batteries from used ones and have spun off a company to scale up the innovation.

“What we see is…

New platform speeds up effort to turn crops into fuel
Aug. 30, 2021
Written by Scott Lyon, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Princeton researchers have developed a new way to make fuel from cellulose—Earth's most abundant organic compound, found in all plant cells—speeding up a notoriously slow chemical process and in some cases doubling energy yields over comparable methods.

Their platform uses a recently developed cellulose emulsion that makes it easier…

Princeton alumna and postdoctoral fellow wins award for groundbreaking plasma physics
Aug. 5, 2021
Written by The Office of Communications

Elizabeth Paul, a groundbreaking physicist who is a 2015 alumna and a 2020 Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has won the prestigious and highly competitive 2021 Marshall N. Rosenbluth…

'Less than 1% probability' that Earth’s energy imbalance increase occurred naturally, say Princeton and GFDL scientists
July 28, 2021
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Sunlight in, reflected and emitted energy out. That’s the fundamental energy balance sheet for our planet. If Earth’s clouds, oceans, ice caps and land surfaces send as much energy back up to space as the sun shines down on us, then our planet maintains equilibrium.

But for decades, that system has been out of balance. Sunlight…

Projects that blaze new trails in research will receive Dean for Research Innovation funding
July 21, 2021
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

Nine exploratory projects, from an effort to exploit inter-microbial warfare in the search for new antibiotics to the development of artificial intelligence for the transcription of ancient documents, have been selected to receive support through the Dean for Research Innovation Funds.

The new initiatives, spanning…