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NEWS for July 2017
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Applications open for Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellows and Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows

The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University invites applications for the Gerhard R. Andlinger Visiting Fellows Program, with start dates as early as February 2018. Applications from prospective visitors from a variety of backgrounds, including from academia, industry, government, and non-governmental organizations, are encouraged. Read more here.

Applications are also open for the center's new Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. The program is designed to support outstanding scholars studying in a field related to energy and the environment. Read more here.

Student highlights

Clark Chen (pictured above) and Ryan Edwards were recipients of the 2016-2017 Maeder Graduate Fellowships in Energy and the Environment at the Andlinger Center. For the fellowship, Chen spent the past year studying how to create sustainable fuels and simultaneously reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere using solar energy. Edwards developed advanced computer models to study the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing. Read more here.

This summer, six Princeton undergraduate interns at the Andlinger Center are pursuing five projects in energy and the environment, such as charging cellphones wirelessly with solar energy and developing biofuels from yeast. The Peter B. Lewis Fund for Student Innovation in Energy and the Environment and the Dede T. Bartlett P03 Fund for Student Research in Energy and the Environment, which are administered by the Andlinger Center, fund the internship program. Read more here.

Research highlights

Lynn Loo, director of the Andlinger Center, and members of her research team developed transparent solar cells that absorb near-ultraviolet light to power smart windows. A paper detailing this project was published in Nature Energy. Read more here. 

Eric Larson and Hans Meerman, members of the Energy Systems Analysis Group at the Andlinger Center, conducted techno-economic analyses of systems that could create a zero-carbon vehicle fuel. Integrating carbon-capture technology into some of the designs made them carbon-negative. A paper on their findings was published in Sustainable Energy & Fuels. Read more here. 

Michael Oppenheimer, a member of the center's associated faculty and executive committee, co-authored a study in Science on how unmitigated climate change could damage the U.S. economy and increase income inequality. Read more here.

Jose Avalos named Pew scholar

Jose Avalos was named a Pew scholar in the biomedical sciences.

Avalos will use the funding to study mitochondrial biology, a field relevant to both human health and the engineering of biofuels.

Avalos has engineered the mitochondria of yeast to significantly boost the production of advanced biofuels, such as isobutanol and isopentanol.
Read more here.

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