In 2009, on the occasion of the Foundation’s Award ceremony, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco rewarded three young
researchers for the quality of their work. © Palais Princier


The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation wishes to collaborate with the most prestigious institutions and laboratories in order to accomplish its missions in environmental protection,” Raphaël Cuvelier, projects coordinator of the foundation, says. “This is why the foundation decided to support the work of the Drexel Plasma Institute, one of the world leaders in its field.”

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco established his Foundation to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development. He saw this as a common global challenge requiring urgent and concrete action in response to the three major environmental issues of climate change, biodiversity and water.

The A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute (DPI) was formed in 2002 to stimulate and coordinate research projects related to plasma and other modern high-energy engineering techniques. Since that time, the DPI has become an active multidisciplinary organization involving 23 faculty members from six Engineering departments. Led by Dr. Alexander Fridman, director of DPI and Nyheim Chair Professor at the Drexel University College of Engineering, the institute works in close collaboration with the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

“Although we are a pretty young institution and most of our research plans are related to numerous proposals recently submitted to different agencies,” Dr. Fridman says, “we already have an impressive list of 11 currently ongoing plasma projects, and we are grateful for the generous partnership and support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.”

Mr. Cuvelier explains that the foundation “aims to promote innovative actions in the fields of climate change and energy, biodiversity and access to water. DPI’s research is particularly innovative, especially in its lowtemperature plasma conversion of coal and biomass into hydrogen and solid carbon-suboxides without CO2 emissions. This work fits with the foundation’s priorities and with the development of low-carbon emission energy.”

The foundation supports many initiatives related to the development of future energy, including energy efficiency, second-generation biofuels, solar energy and electric vehicles. The work of the foundation complements that of DPI because it is based on the premise that research can bring solutions to the environmental and energy challenges of the 21st century.

“Plasma technology has proved to be effective in solving environmental control problems, especially related to water and air purification,” Dr. Fridman says. “Thanks to support such as that of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, I am confident that DPI will become a nationally and internationally recognized center for plasma studies.”

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