Eric Peterson, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)
CAES Research Partnerships
Critical Materials Institute, Focus Area Lead, Efficient Use and Recycling
Research Areas: Critical Materials; Advanced Manufacturing and Intelligent Systems
Biography: Dr. Eric Peterson is the founder and longtime leader of Idaho National Laboratory’s Process Science & Technology Business Area. He leads the Recycling Node of the REMADE Institute, a National Network of Manufacturing Institute that is led by Rochester Institute of Technology, and led the Recycling and Reuse Focus Area for the Critical Materials Institute, an Energy Innovation Hub sponsored by Department of Energy and led by Ames National Laboratory. A Directorate Laboratory Fellow at INL, he has 30 years’ experience performing research on polymeric and related materials, with an emphasis on understanding inter- and intra-molecular interactions that lead to interesting structure property relationships in polymers and solid-state materials. He did his undergraduate work in chemistry and biology at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and earned his doctorate from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He did postdoctoral training in polymers at University of Missouri-Rolla and solid phase inorganic chemistry at Ames National Laboratory He is a two-time recipient of the INL Lifetime Achievement Award, the DOE Bright Light Award, and the DOE Energy 2000 Award.
Ph.D., Chemistry - Montana State University
B.S., Chemistry - Concordia College
B.A., Biology - Concordia College
Member of the American Chemical Society, Inorganic Chemistry Division and the Engineering and Industrial Chemistry DivisionMember of American Institute of Chemical EngineersMember of North American Membrane Society
INL Lifetime Acheivement Award (acknowledgement of 10 Patents), December 2008 INEEL Lifetime Achievement Award (acknowledgement of 5 Patents), March 2003 DOE Bright Light Award, 2000DOE Energy @ 23 Award, 2000United States Department of Energy Distinguished Lecturer, 1996-1997