Mark A. Barteau, the director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute, will be officially installed as the Department of Chemical Engineering’s DTE Professor of Advanced Energy Research on Thursday, April 25. His lecture topic will be “Perspectives on Energy & Catalysis.” The event will be held in the Johnson Rooms on the 3rd floor of the Lurie Engineering Center and will begin at 3:00 p.m.
Barteau, who was named to the position in fall 2012, is an internationally recognized expert on catalysis- a process by which a chemical reaction is aided by the introduction of a non-reactive ingredient. A better understanding of why and how catalysts work is vital to fuel production of all kinds, research into building better batteries, and many other processes central to energy innovation.
Barteau brings extensive experience as a researcher, inventor, academic leader, and consultant for both US and international organizations. He previously served as the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware, where he held appointments as the Robert L. Pigford Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers named him as one of the “100 Engineers of the Modern Era” in 2008.
DTE Energy, a Michigan company founded in 1903, has long shared close ties with the University of Michigan. Over 500 DTE employees are U-M alumni, and the company has supported university ventures ranging from athletics to music to major sponsorship of the Clean Energy Venture Challenge, a competition designed to push and fund new energy ideas.