Professor Peter C. Stair


Born: January 25, 1950; Pasadena, California
Professional Address:  Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois  60208-3113
Office: (847) 491-5266
Office at Argonne: (630) 252-6499.
FAX: (847) 491-7713
Email: pstair[at]


B. S. with Distinction in Chemistry, Stanford University, 1972
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1977 with Gabor A. Somorjai


Chair, Department of Chemistry, 2012-
Director, Northwestern University Center for Catalysis and Surface Science, 1997-2012
Director, Northwestern University Institute for Catalysis in Energy Processes, 2006-
Director, Northwestern University Institute for Environmental Catalysis, 1998-2006
Deputy Director, Institute for Atom-efficient Chemical Transformations, 2009-
Senior Scientist, Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 2003-
Professor, Northwestern University, 1987-
Associate Professor, Northwestern University, 1983-1987
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 1977-1983


1. In-situ Studies of Catalytic Systems by Raman Spectroscopy
2. New methods of Catalyst Synthesis
3. Photocatalysis
4. Structure-Function Relationships in Heterogeneous Catalysis



Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1984-88
Guest Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, 2001
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 2002
Editorial Board Catalysis Letters, 2004-
Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, 2005-
Advanced Grants Review Panel for the European Research Council, 2008-2013
ACS George Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry, 2010
Harry Fair Memorial Lecturer, University of Oklahoma, 2011
Scientific Advisory Board, Center for Interfacial Reaction Engineering, 2011-
Herman Pines Award, 2017
Professional Affiliations                

American Chemical Society
American Physical Society
American Vacuum Society
North American Catalysis Society

Professional Service

Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis, June 2002.
Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis, June 2004.
DOE Chemical Sciences Council, 2003-2005
Co-organized DOE Workshop:  “Catalysis Research at the Advanced Photon Source”, Argonne National Laboratory, September 12-13, 2005
Panel Lead, DOE Basic Research Needs in Catalysis for Energy Conversion, August 5-9, 2007
Scientific Advisory Committee, Center for Nanoscale Materials Sciences, 2007-Present
Vice-Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Reactions at Surfaces, February 2011
Reviewer for publications and funding agencies.

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