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In This Issue

E-ffiliates news: ExxonMobil and the annual meeting

New research funding awarded

New hires at the Andlinger Center

Faculty spotlight: Paul Chirik


Upcoming Highlight Seminars

October 26, 2015
Eric Oelkers
University College London

November 16, 2015
William W. Braham
University of Pennsylvania

December 7, 2015
Pamela Silver
Harvard Medical School

Feb. 8, 2016
Karen Scrivener
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

March 7, 2016
Venkat Srinivasan
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

March 21, 2016
Ned R. Sauthoff
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

April 25, 2016
James C. Liao

Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

Since our last newsletter, we have been experiencing an exciting time of change and growth at Princeton University’s Andlinger Center. We have so much news to share, including updates on the new building, new hires, innovative research funded by the center, and an exciting new chapter in the Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership.

In June, ExxonMobil signed on as our newest E-ffiliates corporate member, pledging to invest $5 million into the program. This is the largest contribution by a member to date, and it will boost new research in sustainability and clean energy. It will also serve as a template for future partnerships with industry.

Paul Chirik, the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Chemistry, has joined us as the new associate director for external partnerships. In that role, he is taking the reins at E-ffiliates as he continues to conduct his own innovative research into sustainable chemistry. His work is highlighted at the end of this newsletter.

Our previous associate director for external partnerships was Lynn Loo, the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. First appointed in 2011, Lynn stepped down this summer after four productive years. We are thankful for the hard work she performed in creating the program and in forging our first connections with E-ffiliates corporate members.

I can finally and happily report that construction on the new building is essentially complete. As I write this, furniture is being placed in offices, laboratories, and other spaces. Boxwood, ornamental grass, and trees have been planted in the gardens. On a recent afternoon, workers were etching the center’s name on a piece of granite. Major construction is done and all that is left is finishing a few small areas in the complex.

We are looking at late October or early November as the approximate time when staff, researchers, and faculty will be moving into offices and laboratories. The process will continue for several months as we install some of the most powerful scientific instruments on campus, such as ultrahigh-resolution electron microscopes and specialized cleanroom equipment. Once fully operational, the Andlinger Center will stand as an example of beautiful, “green” design and a focal point for revolutionary research on energy and the environment.

I invite you to visit the building and join us in ensuring a more sustainable future for the world in the years to come.

─ Emily A. Carter
Founding Director

E-ffiliates news: ExxonMobil and the annual meeting

Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership, which forges ties between researchers and industry, has had an eventful summer with ExxonMobil signing on to be a corporate member with a pledge of $5 million over the next five years – the largest contribution by a member to date. E-ffiliates held a signing ceremony this summer to mark the occasion, which included several officials from Princeton and ExxonMobil.

Caption: Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership and ExxonMobil and Princeton University entered a five-year agreement to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and environment. Pablo Debenedetti (left), dean for research at Princeton University, and Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development for ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co., signed documents establishing the partnership at a ceremony on the Princeton campus this summer. (Photos by Frank Wojciechowski.) Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership and ExxonMobil entered a five-year agreement to pursue transformational innovations in the fields of energy and environment. Pablo Debenedetti (left), dean for research at Princeton University, and Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development for ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co., signed documents establishing the partnership at a ceremony on the Princeton campus this summer. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski.)

The energy company joins other members PSEG, Southern Company, Power Survey, and Princeton Power Systems.

ExxonMobil’s membership in E-ffiliates will spur new collaborations and research on energy and the environment between company experts and Princeton’s faculty and students. Selected graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from Princeton will be designated ExxonMobil Fellows. E-ffiliates will also host a visitor-in-residence from ExxonMobil, who will spark joint research projects.

Read more about ExxonMobil joining E-ffiliates here.

Besides ExxonMobil, we hosted PSEG representatives and connected them with faculty in Princeton’s Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. PSEG and Southern Company continue to interact with faculty and pursue student recruitment opportunities. We also hosted Lockheed Martin’s fusion project leader on campus this summer.

On Nov. 20, Friday, E-ffiliates will host its annual meeting, which consists of a full day of presentations on research and policy in the energy and environmental realms. E-ffiliates corporate members, industry experts, policy leaders, and University faculty and students are expected to attend. Presenting the keynote address is Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information and to register, click here.

New research funding awarded

Earlier in August, the Andlinger Center and the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) announced awards totaling $1,050,000 to support 11 projects in energy and the environment. These funds will promote research, teaching, and mentorship. Princeton faculty across many departments and disciplines were singled out for the awards. These faculty members hail from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the departments of chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, geosciences, and politics. ACEE and PEI jointly funded two of the 11 proposals, with ACEE funding six grants altogether.

Read more here.

New hires at the Andlinger Center

This fall, we welcomed a visiting professor and two new staff members to the center. Another visiting professor will arrive in the spring.

Mitchell SmallMitchell Small is jointly appointed with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as the Anderson Family Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment. He conducts research in environmental statistics, mathematical modeling of environmental systems, risk assessment, and decision support. He joins us from Carnegie Mellon University, where he is the H. John Heinz III Professor of Environmental Engineering. For the fall semester, he is teaching the course CEE 490/ENE 490: Mathematical Modeling of Energy and Environmental Systems.

In the spring semester, Martin Hansen, an associate professor at the Danish Technical University, will join ACEE jointly with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He will also be an Anderson Family Visiting Professor in Energy and the Environment. Hansen, a world-leading expert in wind energy, will teach an Andlinger wind engineering course.

Sharon AdarloSharon Adarlo is the center’s new communications specialist. In her role, she has been charged with writing and editing press releases and articles about the Andlinger Center. She will also be spearheading web content production and social media. Sharon was a journalist for several years at The Star-Ledger, where she specialized in reporting and writing about crime in Newark, New Jersey. After that, Sharon was a freelance journalist writing for publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Al Jazeera America. As a freelancer, she frequently wrote about science, finance, and technology.

Sarah JacksonSarah Jackson is the center’s new administrative assistant. In her role, she will provide support to the center’s leadership, coordinate events, manage spaces in the new building, and receive guests. She will be taking over from Moira Selinka, who was promoted to education and outreach coordinator. Sarah is not new to Princeton. She comes from the Office of Finance and Treasury, where she handled a load of various administrative and financial tasks within the office of the Vice President for Finance and Treasury.

Faculty spotlight: Paul Chirik

Paul ChirikAs the new associate director for external partnerships for the Andlinger Center, Paul Chirik will be leading E-ffiliates by creating new connections between industry and Princeton. He will be overseeing collaborations between E-ffiliates and existing corporate members, and evaluating other opportunities to partner with additional corporations as well as non-profit, governmental, and international entities.

Chirik’s innovative research focuses on green chemistry, specifically on creating chemical catalysts for manufacturing. Catalysts are usually derived from rare, precious metals, but Chirik and his group of researchers are looking at earth-abundant elements as alternatives.

In this interview, Chirik talks about his research and his role at the Andlinger Center. Read more here.

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