Carbon Mitigation Initiative


Lead Project PIs

Craig Arnold Craig Arnold
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Low-Carbon Energy Group

D410 Engineering Quad

Laser processing and transport in materials. Current projects include laser direct-write and non-traditional patterning of small-scale and flexible structures such as microbatteries, nanomaterials, organic molecular electronics, and living cells and organisms.

Michael Bender Michael Bender
Professor of Geosciences
Carbon 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.

Michael Celia Michael Celia
Theodora Shelton Pitney Professor of Environmental Studies, Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fluids & Energy 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.

Pablo Debenedetti Pablo Debenedetti
Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Fluids & Energy Group

A419 Engineering Quad

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics of metastable liquids and glasses, in particular water and aqueous systems. He is the author of Metastable Liquids.

Alexander Glaser Alexander Glaser
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School
Policy & Integration Group

202 221 Nassau St.

Nuclear energy and security policy with a particular emphasis on nuclear nonproliferation and arms control. Participant in the University’s Program on Science and Global Security and in the International Panel on Fissile Materials.

Lars O. Hedin Lars O. Hedin
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director, Program in Environmental Studies, Princeton Environmental Institute
Carbon Science Group

222 Guyot Hall

Role of ecosystems in the earth climate system. Current interests include the broad controls of nutrient cycles on the land carbon sink, the biogeochemical function of land ecosystems, conceptual and numerical models of land ecosystems, and the role of managed ecosystems for biofuel production.

Tom Kreutz Thomas Kreutz
Energy Systems Modeler,
Energy Systems Analysis Group, PEI
Low-Carbon Energy 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
Research Engineer,
Energy Systems Analysis Group, PEI
Low-Carbon Energy 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.

David Medvigy David Medvigy
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Carbon Science Group

212 Forrestal Campus Sayre Hall

Interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, from the scale of individual plants to the global scale.  Investigation of tropical rainforests as carbon sinks.

Francois Morel François Morel
Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor, Geosciences
Carbon 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.

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
Carbon 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. Director, PEI, Co-Director, CMI
Carbon 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.

Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos
Susan Dod Brown Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Fluids & Energy Group

A317 Engineering Quad
Molecular-based computational tools for predicting fundamental physicochemical characteristics required for understanding the rational design of CO2 separation and storage processes. Development of Monte Carlo methods for free energies and phase equilibria. Thermodynamic analysis of processes. Modeling of nanoscale hybrid materials, electrolytes, polymers and surfactants.

Jean-Herve Prevost Jean-Hervé Prévost
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Fluids & Energy Group

E232 Engineering Quad

Areas of computational solid and fluid mechanics, wave propagation and transient effects in porous media, multi-phase flows in porous media, nonlinear constitutive theories, dynamic instabilities and localization of deformations and fracture in solids, thermoelasticity, electro-magneto-solid interaction effects, finite element methods.

M.V. Ramana M. V. Ramana
Nuclear Futures Specialist, Woodrow Wilson School and the Program on Science and Global Security
Policy & Integration Group

221 Nassau Street
Nuclear energy in the context of climate change mitigation and nuclear weapons disarmament. Current projects include studying small modular reactors and their fuel cycles, nuclear energy in integrated assessment models for climate policy making. 

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
Carbon 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
Carbon Science Group

M26 Guyot Hall

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

Robert Socolow Robert Socolow
Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Energy Systems Analysis Group, Co-Director, CMI
Carbon Science Group/Policy & Integration Group

139 Guyot Hall

Global energy system responsive to global and local environmental and security constraints. Carbon dioxide capture from fossil fuels and storage in geological formations, nuclear power, energy efficiency in buildings, and the acceleration of deployment of advanced technologies in developing countries.

Howard A. Stone Howard A. Stone
Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Fluids & Energy 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.

Jeroen Tromp Jeroen Tromp
Blair Professor of Geology. Professor of Geosciences and Applied and Computational Mathematics. Director, Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering.
Fluids & Energy Group

336 Peter B Lewis Library

Theoretical & Computational Seismology. Research topics include: surface waves, free oscillations, body waves, seismic tomography, numerical simulations of 3-D wave propagation, and seismic hazard assessment.

Robert Williams Robert Williams
Senior Research Scientist
Energy Systems Analysis Group, PEI
Low-Carbon Energy Group

140 Guyot Hall

Energy technology including fuel cells for transportation and stationary power applications, advanced gas turbine technologies for power generation, advanced technologies for producing hydrogen and other clean synthetic fuels from carbonaceous feedstocks, fuels decarbonization and CO2 sequestration.
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