PPPL unveils modern and responsive new public website

Written by
Jeanne Jackson DeVoe
Oct. 7, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is introducing a new, modern public website that allows users to access information about the national laboratory’s cutting-edge research into the energy of the future and new research directions into low temperature plasma and advanced computing in the national interest.

The website is at the same URL, or web address, https://www.pppl.gov, with updated content on PPPL’s research into fusion energy, the same energy that powers the sun and the stars, and other cutting-edge research.

“PPPL's new website  not only looks terrific and  features beautiful graphics and videos, but more importantly, it provides the modern look and ease of navigation that will help convey the amazing research that is taking place at PPPL every day,” said Andrew Zwicker, head of Communications and Public Outreach. “Our Laboratory is an exciting place to work as we advance research on fusion energy and grow our research portfolio into exciting new areas of national importance, and this new design conveys that to the public, collaborators, and students alike.”

In addition to providing information about research programs, the Lab’s mission and educational opportunities, the new website puts all the recent news from the Lab, events, and activities in an easily navigable platform.

The website is fully accessible to all users, including those with visual impairments in compliance with website accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It provides a better interactive experience to all users, with new features such as ambient video and is more responsive, allowing viewers to access the website and view videos from mobile devices and screens of all sizes.

Developing the new website was a year-long project led by PPPL’s Office of Communications team in partnership with Princeton University’s Office of Information Technology. The website uses Drupal 9 and is hosted by Princeton University.

The project was headed by Larry Bernard, director of Communications, and Christopher Cane, Manager of Digital Strategy and Visual Communication, with help from other Communications and Public Outreach staff. It was designed by Kyle Palmer, visual design strategist, with photos and videos by Elle Starkman, multimedia specialist.

"The Lab has a profound vision in service to humanity, and our website needs to reflect that, now and in the future," Cane said. "I believe we meet and exceed that with this site."

PPPL, on Princeton University's Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, N.J., is devoted to creating new knowledge about the physics of plasmas — ultra-hot, charged gases — and to developing practical solutions for the creation of fusion energy. The Laboratory is managed by the University for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit https://www.energy.gov/science/office-science. 

PPPL is mastering the art of using plasma — the fourth state of matter — to solve some of the world's toughest science and technology challenges. Nestled on Princeton University’s Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro, New Jersey, our research ignites innovation in a range of applications including fusion energy, nanoscale fabrication, quantum materials and devices, and sustainability science. The University manages the Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which is the nation’s single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. Feel the heat at https://energy.gov/science and https://www.pppl.gov.