• New tools catch and release cellular targets at the flip of a light switch

    Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    A Princeton team has developed a class of light-switchable, highly adaptable molecular tools with new capabilities to control cellular activities. The antibody-like proteins, called OptoBinders, allow researchers to rapidly control processes inside and outside of cells by directing their localization, with potential applications including protein purification, the improved production of biofuels, and new types of targeted cancer therapies.

  • Water, drought and flooding

    Thursday, Aug 6, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    Princeton’s vital research across the spectrum of environmental issues is today and will continue to be pivotal to solving some of humanity’s toughest problems. Our impact is built on a long, deep, broad legacy of personal commitment, intellectual leadership, perseverance and innovation. This article is part of a series to present the sweep of Princeton’s environmental excellence over the past half-century.

  • New study provides evidence for decades-old theory to explain the odd behaviors of water

    Thursday, Jul 16, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Water, so ordinary and so essential to life, acts in ways that are quite puzzling to scientists. For example, why is ice less dense than water, floating rather than sinking the way other liquids do when they freeze?

    Now a new study provides strong evidence for a controversial theory that at very cold temperatures water can exist in two distinct liquid forms, one being less dense and more structured than the other.

  • Researchers use electric fields to herd cells like flocks of sheep

    Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    Princeton researchers have created a device that can herd groups of cells like sheep, precisely directing the cells’ movements by manipulating electric fields to mimic those found in the body during healing. The technique opens new possibilities for tissue engineering, including approaches to promote wound healing, repair blood vessels or sculpt tissues.

  • Astrophysicist Kunz receives NSF award for research and for establishing plasma physics summer school aimed at attracting underrepresented students to field

    Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
    by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    Matthew Kunz, an assistant professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University and a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) five-year grant to research magnetic fields throughout the early universe and to establish a summer school on plasma physics aimed at attracting women and underrepresented minorities to the field.

  • Senior thesis project probes intricacies of groundwater cleanup

    Monday, Jun 8, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    Audrey Shih entered Princeton with aspirations of using science to protect vulnerable people from allergens. “I have a severe peanut allergy, and I thought I might help come up with a method to detect allergens in food,” said Shih.

    After declaring her concentration in chemical and biological engineering (CBE) and beginning her coursework in the department, “my interest shifted more toward materials science and the more physical than biological side of CBE,” she said.

  • AI tool gives doctors a new look at the lungs in treating COVID-19

    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

    Spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, Princeton researchers have developed a diagnostic tool to analyze chest X-rays for patterns in diseased lungs. The new tool could give doctors valuable information about a patient's condition, quickly and cheaply, at the point of care.

  • Double helix of masonry — researchers uncover the secret of Italian Renaissance domes

    Thursday, May 21, 2020
    by Amelia Herb, Office of Engineering Communications

    What can modern engineering learn from an erstwhile jeweler who built the largest masonry dome in existence? The construction of the Florentine duomo by Filippo Brunelleschi has been an engineering marvel for more than 500 years, showcasing ancient techniques that still hold valuable insights for modern engineering. Until now, it has remained a mystery how the master goldsmith and sculptor managed to build the masterpiece that pushes the limits of what is possible to construct even with modern building technologies, and how the masters who followed Brunelleschi carried on the tradition.


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