Eric First BS ChE '09 places 2nd in Princeton's Innovation Forum competition
Former Cornell ChE and current Princeton PhD student, Eric First, had a prize-winning idea to allow coal-fired power plants to remove carbon dioxide from their smokestack emissions far more cheaply and efficiently than currently possible. Using computational methods, Eric and fellow Floudas group member Dr. Faruque Hasan, were able to identify particularly promising zeolite materials that reduce the cost of carbon capture by about 25%. This idea was awarded second place in Princeton's latest Innovation Forum competition this year.
For more details on the Innovation Forum competition, see http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S36/36/42I53/.
For more details on the computational methods involved, see http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/cp/c3cp53627k.