The Lamp 2017

A new approach to fundamental research

ExxonMobil collaborates with university energy centers for new solutions to energy challenges.

It’s been more than 25 years since David Dankworth walked the halls of Princeton University, where he received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1991. Today, the ExxonMobil distinguished scientific adviser is back on campus, collaborating once again with the faculty and staff. Dankworth is coordinating a portfolio of academic research projects with Princeton faculty and graduate students as part of collaborative relationships with energy centers at four of the nation’s top universities. “It helps to have a connection to Princeton as I make appointments and go talk to faculty members involved in various research programs,” Dankworth says. “I am able to bridge across corporate and academic culture, having experience in both.” Besides Princeton, ExxonMobil is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and Stanford University to pursue technologies that can help meet the dual challenge of growing energy demand while also reducing emissions. “We want to have a wider view of emerging energy research and be fully engaged in accessing the best science and technology

relevant for our corporation,” says MikeMatturro, director,

Mike Matturro, director, Hydrocarbon and Emerging Energy Sciences Laboratory at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (EMRE)

Hydrocarbon and Emerging Energy Sciences Laboratory at ExxonMobil.


Story by Tracy Torma Photography by Chris New

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