Princeton innovators turn discoveries into tools to benefit humanity.
The Princeton Innovation video series highlights researchers who are making a difference through their discoveries and entrepreneurial spirit. Click on the videos below to learn about each discovery's potential to improve life, benefit the planet and grow the economy.
Salt-grain-sized camera that produces high quality images
An ultra-compact camera produces crisp, full-color images on par with a conventional compound camera lens 500,000 times greater in size.
- Felix Heide, assistant professor of computer science, Princeton University
Solar-powered water filter
A solar-powered water filter purifies drinking water cheaply and efficiently, potentially bringing clean water to millions of people in need.
- Rodney Priestley, dean of the Graduate School and Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University
- Xiaohui Xu, postdoctoral research associate, Princeton University
Mosquito control using human-scented chemicals
Attracting deadly dengue- and Zika-carrying mosquitoes to lethal traps could become possible using a distinct chemical blend that mimics human odor.
- Lindy McBride, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and neuroscience, Princeton University
Making quantum dots from artificial proteins
A new method to create semiconductor quantum dots could drive innovations in sustainable and cost-effective electronics, solar energy and biomedicine.
- Michael Hecht, professor of chemistry
- Gregory Scholes William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry. Chair, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University
- Leah Spangler, assistant professor, Virginia Commonwealth University; former postdoctoral research associate, Princeton University
- Sarangan Chari, senior chemist, Princeton University
Bioremediation of long-lasting contaminants (PFAS)
A new approach biodegrades persistent chemicals in the environment using bacteria.
- Peter Jaffé, William L. Knapp '47 Professor of Civil Engineering. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
- Shan Huang, Professional Specialist, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
An interactive chat suite for online discussions
A chat tool called ReChat allows users to administer, monitor and analyze live conversations and gather data from discussions among study participants.
- Xiaoxiao Shen, graduate student in politics, Princeton University
Perovskite lasers for optical communications
A new type of laser could transform a range of technologies including self-driving cars, facial recognition and optical communications.
- Barry Rand, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
Advanced concepts for fusion energy
New designs for a fusion-energy stellarator could provide inexhaustible sources of clean energy.
- David Gates, principal research physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, senior research scholar, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University