Princeton Innovation Video Series

Written by
Alaina O'Regan, Office of the Dean for Research
Dec. 1, 2022

Princeton innovators turn discoveries into tools to benefit humanity.

The Princeton Innovation video series highlights researchers who are making a difference through their discoveries and entrepreneurial spirit. Click on the videos below to learn about each discovery's potential to improve life, benefit the planet and grow the economy.

Salt-grain-sized camera that produces high quality images

An ultra-compact camera produces crisp, full-color images on par with a conventional compound camera lens 500,000 times greater in size.

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  • Felix Heide, assistant professor of computer science, Princeton University





Solar-powered water filter

A solar-powered water filter purifies drinking water cheaply and efficiently, potentially bringing clean water to millions of people in need.

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  • Rodney Priestley, dean of the Graduate School and Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University
  • Xiaohui Xu, postdoctoral research associate, Princeton University



Mosquito control using human-scented chemicals

Attracting deadly dengue- and Zika-carrying mosquitoes to lethal traps could become possible using a distinct chemical blend that mimics human odor.

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  • Lindy McBride, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and neuroscience, Princeton University




Making quantum dots from artificial proteins

A new method to create semiconductor quantum dots could drive innovations in sustainable and cost-effective electronics, solar energy and biomedicine.

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  • Michael Hecht, professor of chemistry
  • Gregory Scholes William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry. Chair, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University
  • Leah Spangler, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University; former postdoctoral research associate, Princeton University
  • Sarangan Chari, senior chemist, Princeton University


Bioremediation of long-lasting contaminants (PFAS)

A new approach biodegrades persistent chemicals in the environment using bacteria.

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  • Peter JaffĂ©, William L. Knapp '47 Professor of Civil Engineering. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
  • Shan Huang, Professional Specialist, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University



An interactive chat suite for online discussions

A chat tool called ReChat allows users to administer, monitor and analyze live conversations and gather data from discussions among study participants.

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  • Xiaoxiao Shen, graduate student in politics, Princeton University





Perovskite lasers for optical communications

A new type of laser could transform a range of technologies including self-driving cars, facial recognition and optical communications.

Road with self driving cars


  • Barry Rand, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University




Advanced concepts for fusion energy

New designs for a fusion-energy stellarator could provide inexhaustible sources of clean energy.

Earth from space with Sun over horizon


  • David Gates, principal research physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, senior research scholar, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University