News from the CMI Community
New CMI Investigators
In 2011, CMI competitively awarded three projects that have brought new faces to the program. The projects involve faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Departments of Geosciences and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
Re-engineering the nuclear future
Alexander Glaser, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs, and M.V. Ramana, an associate research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School, will focus on emerging nuclear technologies that emphasize small-scale solutions. They will examine how nuclear power potentially fits into a modern low-carbon energy system - one that may be more decentralized than today's system. The research project will draw expertise from the fields of computing, engineering, and policy to evaluate a range of possible alternative energy futures.
Investigations of the Amazon as a carbon sink
David Medvigy, assistant professor of geosciences, and Lars Hedin, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will coordinate field- and model-based assessments of the response and resilience of tropical ecosystems to global environmental change. Their study will seek to understand how nutrient feedbacks can affect the strength of the tropical forest carbon sink in the future, to better resolve the processes responsible for the conversion of soil carbon to atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), and to investigate how plant diversity impacts the response of tropical forests to climate change.
Molecular modeling of CO2 capture and storage (CCS)
Athanassios Panagiotopoulos, professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Jeroen Tromp, professor of geosciences and director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, will join the Storage Group's Pablo Debenedetti in developing molecular-based computational tools for predicting the physical and chemical behavior of systems relevant to CCS. In particular, the group will study CO2/water/salt phase and interfacial behavior, examine systems for the separation of CO2 from flue gases using novel solid adsorbents, as well as improve on the accuracy of seismic monitoring of CO2 sequestration projects.