New topological behavior of electrons in 3-D magnetic material
Sept. 20, 2019
An international team of researchers led by scientists at Princeton University has found that a magnetic material at room temperature enables electrons to behave counterintuitively, acting collectively rather than as individuals. Their collective behavior mimics massless particles and anti-particles that coexist in an unexpected way and together form an exotic loop-like structure. The study was published this week in the journal Science.
New national facility will explore low-temperature plasma — a dynamic source of innovation for modern technologies
Sept. 5, 2019
Written by John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Low-temperature plasma, a rapidly expanding source of innovation in fields ranging from electronics to health care to space exploration, is a highly complex state of matter. So complex that the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has teamed with Princeton University to become home to a collaborative…

Strange warping geometry helps to push scientific boundaries
July 15, 2019
Written by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

Atomic interactions in everyday solids and liquids are so complex that some of these materials’ properties continue to elude physicists’ understanding. Solving the problems mathematically is beyond the capabilities of modern computers, so scientists at Princeton University have turned to an unusual branch of geometry…

SmartDriving Car Summit focuses on mobility for all
May 23, 2019
Written by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

As autonomous vehicles approach widespread adoption, it’s critical that diverse groups collaborate on policies and other measures that ensure the technology benefits people most in need of transportation, according to participants in a conference at Princeton last week.

"Mobility machines offer the opportunity to level the playing…

Forensic engineering preserves art treasures by saving historic buildings
May 21, 2019
Written by Amelia Herb, Office of Engineering Communications

Italian Renaissance frescos of the gods and goddesses of air, water, fire and earth enliven the ceiling and four walls of the Room of the Elements in Florence’s famed Palazzo Vecchio, but without structural engineers’ work to preserve such historic buildings, the world could eventually lose these masterpieces.

Art such as frescos and…

Coping with growth: Conference presents ideas to shape future cities
May 9, 2019
Written by John Sullivan and Amelia Herb, Office of Engineering Communications

Any attempt to address challenges of the future, from clean energy to a sufficient food supply, must grapple with the issues raised by the planet’s rapidly growing cities, speakers said Monday during a conference at Princeton University.

“We believe that the future of cities is the future of the planet,”

Google AI lab formally opens in downtown Princeton, bolstering innovation and invention
May 3, 2019
Written by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

Google’s newest AI lab — located across the street from Princeton University’s Nassau Hall — officially launched on Thursday, May 2, with speeches and research presentations by state and local officials, Google executives, and University executives and students.

The lab, at 1 Palmer Square, is already playing a vital role in expanding…

Collaborations with Adobe Research and Qualcomm Technologies selected to receive Dean for Research Innovation funding
April 18, 2019
Written by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research
Two projects that bring together faculty researchers and industry to transform discoveries into real-world technological applications have been awarded support from the Dean for Research Innovation Fund for Industrial Collaborations.
Symposium marks growth for Princeton’s materials institute
April 5, 2019
Written by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

Materials science is an "enabling discipline,” Dean of Engineering and Applied Science Emily A. Carter told the audience gathered for the annual symposium of Princeton’s materials institute last week. It allows researchers, students and entrepreneurs from widely different fields to come together to…

Floryan's research on swimming has applications in propulsion systems
March 27, 2019
Written by The Office of Communications

Fish and their graceful, swift movements have been Daniel Floryan’s focus for the last few years.

Earlier this year, Floryan was one of named one of the four winners of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University’s top honor for graduate students. The fellowships support their final year of study at Princeton and are…