Meet CMI Researcher Eric Peterson

CMI focus area leader Eric PetersonCMI researcher Eric Peterson leads Focus Area 3, Improving Reuse and Recycling, for the Critical Materials Institute. At Idaho National Laboratory, Eric leads the Process Science and Technology Business Area and is also a Consulting Scientist at the Laboratory, where he has spent the past 23 years performing research on polymeric and related materials. 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.

Dr. Peterson received undergraduate education in chemistry and biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, his Ph.D. from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and did postdoctoral training in polymers at University of Missouri-Rolla (1.5 years), and solid phase inorganic chemistry at the Ames Laboratory, Ames, IA (1.5 years).  Eric has authored/coauthored 86 peer reviewed archival articles, 26 peer reviewed DOE reports, 2 book chapters, 4 classified reports, and has authored/coauthored 11 issued US Patents with 4 patents pending.

During FY 2006 Eric served at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Engineering’s Chemical Transport Systems Division running Separation Processes and Purification Program. Since his return to the Laboratory, Eric has established and grown the Laboratory’s Process Science and Technology Business area.

Eric’s professional affiliations include a Member of the American Chemical Society, its Inorganic Chemistry Division, and the Engineering and Industrial Chemistry Division, Serving Member of ACS’s Committee on Corporation Associates and is the Liason to the ACS Board of Director’s Committee on Patents and Related Matters, a Member of The North American Membrane Society and was named a “Legend in Membrane Science” (the highest level of recognition given by that society to their general membership) in 2006.