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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

Eric Peterson leads the Recycling and Reuse Focus Area for the Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions in Materials Manufacturing (REMADE) Institute, a member of the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes sponsored by Department of Energy and led by New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a Divisional Laboratory Fellow. He has spent the past 27 years performing research on polymeric and related materials focused on separations science and technology. His research has varied from the most fundamental understanding of molecular interactions to construction and proving of pilot facilities using the materials that he has been active in developing. His research emphasis is understanding of inter- and intra- molecular interactions that lead to interesting structure property relationships in polymer and solid state materials. During FY 2006 Eric served at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Engineering’s Chemical Transport Systems Division running the nationally visible Separation Processes and Purification Program as a Visiting Scientist Engineer/Educator (VSEE). He completed his full time position at NSF in October 2006 and followed up that assignment with a part time assignment at NSF as the Program Director for two newly started programs – “Explosives and Related Threats” and “Nuclear Detection” for FY 2007. Since his return to the Laboratory Eric has been active in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy focused programs.


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 Division
Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Member 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, 2000
DOE Energy @ 23 Award, 2000
United States Department of Energy Distinguished Lecturer, 1996-1997

Research Interests:
​Accelerating materials development and deployment
Structure property processing performance relationships
Membrane separations - transport phenomena and applications
Strategic and critical materials
Science and technology - policy emphasizing science and education for the U.S. workforce
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