New process could slash energy demands of fertilizer, nitrogen-based chemicals

Nitrogen-based synthetic fertilizer forms the backbone of the world food supply, but its manufacture requires a tremendous amount of energy. Now, computer modeling at Princeton University points to a method that could drastically cut the energy needed by using sunlight in the manufacturing process.

Navigating the urban environment, smartly

Elie Bou-Zeid's research team examines the environment in urban areas.

Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle

Princeton University researchers have found that the climate models scientists use to project future conditions on our planet underestimate the cooling effect that clouds have on a daily — and even hourly — basis, particularly over land.

Cellular insights promise advances in industry and health

Researchers in Clifford Brangwynne's lab pursue questions about the internal structure of cells.

Life-saving medicines grow from fundamental chemistry, win Gates Foundation backing

Princeton research helps deliver critical medicines to the developing world.

Let it flow: Ideas, creativity, findings, benefits to society

The researchers in Princeton’s Complex Fluids laboratory are sometimes inspired by a cup of coffee or a permanent marker.

New forms shape solar power

Polymer chemistry yields solar cells, sensors, and smart windows. 

Making better choices, from power to payloads

Mathematical optimization aids many industries.

Data science provides genomic guide to health and disease

Statistics and machine learning clarify complexities of gene regulation.

Building sound systems and space engines

Physics of propulsion and sound waves yields advances from living rooms to deep space.