Carbon Mitigation Initiative


Lead Project PIs

Michael Bender Michael Bender
Professor of Geosciences, Emeritus. Senior Geoscientist. Lecturer with the rank of Professor in Geosciences.
Science Group

M48 Guyot Hall

Biogeochemistry and paleoclimate. Measurement of concentration and isotopic composition of O2 in air on various timescales, characterization of the fertility of ecosystems.

Ian Bourg Ian Bourg
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Princeton Environmental Institute
Technology Group

E208 Engineering Quad

Properties of interfacial water in porous media, particularly clay-rich soils, sediments, and sedimentary rocks; interactions between organic compounds (soil organic matter, organic contaminants) and clay minerals; impacts of clay minerals and aqueous chemistry on the permeability and mechanics of soils and sedimentary rocks.

Michael Celia Michael Celia
Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Technology Group

E205 Engineering Quad

Ground-water hydrology, contaminant transport simulation, and multi-phase flow in porous media. Current applications include modeling and analysis of geological storage of carbon dioxide.

Larry W. Horowitz Larry W. Horowitz
Physical Scientist at GFDL/NOAA
Science Group

201 Forrestal Road

Atmospheric chemistry and climate; development and application of Earth System Models to study atmospheric composition, air quality, climate, and biogeochemical cycles; coupling of atmospheric chemistry to climate and ecosystems.
I am a Physical Scientist and leader of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Group at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and a Lecturer in the Department of Geosciences and the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

Tom Kreutz Thomas Kreutz
Energy Systems Modeler,
Energy Systems Analysis Group
Technology Group

25 Guyot Hall

Advanced energy conversion systems modeling: hydrogen, electricity, and CO2 production from coal; residential scale, natural gas-fired PEM fuel cell cogeneration; gasification of biomass and black liquor for combined cycle generation of electric power, and fuel cells, gas turbines, and hybrid/combined cycles for power generation.

Eric Larson Eric Larson
Senior Research Engineer,
Energy Systems Analysis Group, PEI
Technology Group

26 Guyot Hall

Energy systems analysis relating to advanced clean-energy technologies and processes for carbonaceous fuels conversion, energy-related challenges in developing countries. Technology interests include gas turbines for power generation, gasification of solid fuels, and synthesis of various clean fluid fuels.

Francois Morel François Morel
Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor, Geosciences Director, PEI,
Science Group

153 Guyot Hall

Interactions between chemical and biological processes in the oceans, from the molecular to the global scale, with particular emphasis on trace elements and primary production.

Vaishali Naik Vaishali Naik
Physical Scientist at GFDL/NOAA,
Science Group

Rm 259, 201 Forrestal Rd

I am a Physical Scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Group at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. My research interests are: Understanding the connections between atmospheric composition and climate through the development and application of global earth system models.

Michael Oppenheimer Michael Oppenheimer
Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) at the Woodrow Wilson School
Science Group/Policy & Integration Group

448 Robertson Hall

Michael Oppenheimer joined the Princeton faculty after more than two decades with Environmental Defense, a non-governmental, environmental organization, where he served as its Chief Scientist and Manager of the Global and Regional Atmosphere Program.

Stephen Pacala Stephen W. Pacala
Frederick D. Petrie Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Co-Director, CMI
Science Group/Policy & Integration Group

103A Eno Hall

Interaction among the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere at global scales, with an emphasis on the carbon cycle.

Jorge Sarmiento Jorge Sarmiento
Professor of Geosciences, Director, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Director of CICS between Princeton University and the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Science Group

306A Forrestal Campus Sayre Hall

Oceanic cycles of climatically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide, and use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation.

Elena Shevliakova Elena Shevliakova
Senior Climate Modeler, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Science Group

M26 Guyot Hall

Modeling biosphere-atmosphere interactions and applications of such models to the issues of global environmental change.

Robert Socolow Robert H. Socolow
Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Co-Director, CMI; Technology Group and Integration & Outreach Group.

139 Guyot Hall

New conceptual decade-scale frameworks useful for climate change policy. Energy efficiency in buildings, nuclear fission and fusion power, CO2 capture and storage starting from fossil fuels or the air, impacts on the land when biocarbon is priced, and technological “leapfrogging” by developing countries.

Daniel Steingart Daniel Steingart
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
Technology Group

213 Andlinger

Energy storage; metallurgical process efficiency; low cost long cycle life batteries; discrete power electronics; printed, flexible, stretchable batteries; in situ electrochemistry; power - energy control circuits and hybrid design.

Howard A. Stone Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Technology Group

D326 Engineering

Fluid mechanics and soft condensed matter physics, widely applied to problems in engineering, physics, chemistry and biology. Current research interests include flow in porous media, the influence of flow on bacteria and biofilms, the influence of surfactants on the dissolution of CO2 bubbles in water, and problems coupling flow and elasticity of soft substrates, including laboratory models of hydraulic fracture.

Gabriel Vecchi Gabriel Vecchi
Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Science Group

361 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Climate dynamics and ocean/atmosphere interaction. Impact of climate change and variability on hydroclimate and extreme events. Predictability and prediction of climate and its regional impacts.

Xinning Zhang Xinning Zhang
Assistant Professor of Geosciences and the Princeton Environmental Institute.
Science Group

152 Guyot Hall

Xinning Zhang’s research focuses on microbial physiology and ecology, biogeochemical cycling, co-evolution of life and the geochemical environment, cellular metabolism and stable isotope records, molecular to global scale, trace elements and microbial metabolism, symbiosis.
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