Loo will take on responsibility for developing programs that enrich the education and professional experiences of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers and will help build external partnerships for the center, according to Emily Carter, the center’s founding director.
“Lynn is a world-class scholar who shares my passion for educating and training the next generation of leaders in energy and environment,” Carter said. “With undergraduate certificate programs in Sustainable Energy and in Environmental Studies already thriving on campus, we plan to add a diverse and rich palette of educational opportunities for other cohorts of junior energy and environment scholars. Lynn also brings to our team experience and perspective working in and with industry, which will be tremendously valuable as she and I work to establish productive external partnerships. I could not be more pleased that she agreed to help direct the Andlinger Center’s activities.”
In her research, Loo is a leader in the field of organic and polymer electronics, which involves creating circuits on plastics and other materials that are flexible and inexpensive. Among many uses, such materials could lead to low-cost, widely deployed systems for turning sunlight into electricity.
Loo has already been actively involved in the Andlinger Center, spearheading efforts to create a graduate program at the intersection between energy and policy. Her work in building partnerships for the center will include fostering collaborations with other institutions as well as building and maintaining a corporate affiliates program, which is being designed to accelerate the transition of basic research discoveries to green products by nucleating partnerships between Princeton faculty, students, and post-doctoral researchers, and industrial research staff.
Loo has received numerous honors for her work including a Sloan Research Fellowship and the 2010 John H. Dillon Medal of the American Physical Society. In 2010, Loo was one of five young scientists who spoke at the World Economic Forum’s “Annual Meeting of the New Champions” in China, otherwise known as Summer Davos. She earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Princeton in 2001, then worked at Bell Labs and served on the faculty of the University of Texas-Austin before coming to Princeton as an associate professor in 2007.