McNeely, Kelsey (‘08 - ‘10)Chemistry
Kelsey’s research focused on increasing hydrogen production by cyanobacteria via genetic engineering. Cyanobacteria are photoautotrophs that use sunlight and water to fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This method of biomass accumulation alone makes cyanobacteria exciting candidates for climate change research, but moreover they can utilize their carbon stores for hydrogen production under certain conditions. By eliminating competing pathways, either via metabolic control or genetic control, the hydrogen produced can be dramatically increased. It is our goal to construct a modified strain of cyanobacteria that could produce hydrogen at economically viable levels.
Hu, Yuan (‘13 - ‘15)Chemistry
The theme of Yuan’s research at Princeton is called carbon mitigation – chemically converting CO2 into useful products, such as fuels or small organics. Specifically, Yuan conducts photoelectrochemical reduction of CO2 using photocathodes made of various semiconducting materials to harvest solar energy to drive the electrochemical reaction, and trying different molecular catalysts as well.
Paris, Aubrey (‘16 - ‘18)Chemistry
Aubrey Paris is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Chemistry Department advised by Dr. Andrew Bocarsly. Her research involves optimizing catalyst systems that electrochemically transform carbon dioxide into reduced, energy-dense products for the dual purposes of achieving atmospheric remediation and developing new fuel sources. Aubrey is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy (ISGP), an international science policy think-tank, which has led her to work on issues ranging from sea level rise and severe storms to infectious disease, food safety, and synthetic biology. As an active science communicator, she is a co-host of “The Forum,” the ISGP’s bi-weekly audio podcast which has accumulated listeners in over 50 countries across six continents. Aubrey received B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Ursinus College in 2015.