Natural and Engineered Materials for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability

As the world continues to undergo rapid urbanization with an increasing human impact on the earth, a deeper understanding of natural resources and the development of advanced engineered materials are both critical to address the needs of energy, environment, and sustainability. Scholars in the Princeton Institute of Materials study natural and synthetic materials and material systems in the context of advanced technology for renewable energy, infrastructure, water treatment, storage, and other key societal areas. In the quest for solutions to these challenges, our materials research community expands knowledge in associated disciplines such as, materials under extreme conditions in earth and planetary sciences, or the study of materials used in the arts, architecture, and technology throughout history.

Associated Faculty

Craig B. Arnold
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Vice Dean for Innovation.
Elie R. Bou-Zeid
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources.
Ian C. Bourg
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute.
Minjie Chen
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Samuel A. Cohen
Director, Program in Plasma Science and Technology, P.I., Magnetic Nozzle & FRC Experiments. Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Astrophysical Sciences.
Sujit S. Datta
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Emily C. Davidson
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Luc Deike
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute.
Jie Deng
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Thomas S. Duffy
Professor of Geosciences
Claire F. Gmachl
Eugene Higgins Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Associate Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Interim Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Head of Whitman College.
John T. Groves
Hugh Stott Taylor Chair of Chemistry. Professor of Chemistry.
Mikko P. Haataja
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Acting Director, Program in Materials Science and Engineering.
M. Zahid Hasan
Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics
Kelsey B. Hatzell
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Peter R. Jaffé
William L. Knapp '47 Professor of Civil Engineering. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Antoine Kahn
Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science. Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science. Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Bruce E. Koel
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Andrej Košmrlj
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Chung K. Law
Robert H. Goddard Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo
Theodora D. '78 and William H. Walton III '74 Professor in Engineering. Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Reza Moini
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Satish C. Myneni
Professor of Geosciences
Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Glaucio H. Paulino
Margareta Engman Augustine Professor of Engineering. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Institute of Materials.
Catherine A. Peters
George J. Magee Professor of Geological Engineering. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Director, Program in Geological Engineering.
Rodney D. Priestley
Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Dean of the Graduate School.
Barry P. Rand
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Associate Director for External Partnerships, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Richard A. Register
Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Director, Princeton Institute of Materials.
Z. Jason Ren
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. Acting Director & Associate Director for Research, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Alejandro W. Rodriguez
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Director, Program in Materials Science and Engineering (on sabbatical AY23)
Michele L. Sarazen
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Gregory D. Scholes
William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry. Chair, Department of Chemistry.
Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Salvatore Torquato
Lewis Bernard Professor of Natural Sciences. Professor of Chemistry and the Princeton Institute of Materials
Michael A. Webb
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Claire E. White
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Saien Xie
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Princeton Institute of Materials
Nan Yao
Professor of the Practice, Princeton Institute of Materials. Director, Imaging and Analysis Center.