Mark A. Barteau

Director, University of Michigan Energy Institute
DTE Professor of Advanced Energy Research
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
(734) 615-9521


  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, 2012-present
  • Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute, 2012-present
  • DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research, 2012-present


  • Robert L. Pigford Chair Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2012-present
  • Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives, 2008-2012
  • Founding Director, University of Delaware Energy Institute, 2007-2008
  • Robert L. Pigford Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering, 2005-2012
  • Chairperson, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2000-2007
  • Director, Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, 1996-2000
  • Robert L. Pigford Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1994-2005
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1990-1994
  • Professor of Chemistry, 1990-2012
  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, 1982-1996
  • Associate Director, Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, 2000-2012
  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1982-1987


  • Visiting Professor of Chemistry, University of Auckland, 1997
  • Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1992
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Institut für Festkörperphysik, Physik Department, Technische Universität München, 
Research Interests: 
My group studies the design of catalysts and nanomaterials to improve efficiency and sustainability of chemicals and fuels production, as well as strategies for utilization of renewable resources. I'm also delighted to devote time to furthering the mission of the Energy Institute. Energy – clean, sustainable, affordable, environmentally responsible – is the grand challenge of our time. It is critically important to focus on solutions that are scalable to levels that can make a measurable difference in energy supply, use, environmental impact, etc., while at the same time pursuing fundamental research that will supply the discoveries behind future technologies. An important challenge is to increase the flexibility of our energy resources, particularly renewable resources, to meet the world’s needs for electricity, housing, manufacturing and transportation. Chemical fuels from a variety of sources will be a critical part of transportation solutions for decades to come. Catalysis is at the heart of fuel and chemicals production, and for more than a decade we have been pursuing catalyst design from nano-scale understanding of reaction mechanisms and their connection to catalyst sites. Current efforts in my lab focus on design of novel materials for selective formation of oxygen-containing products from biomass-derived feedstocks as well as from hydrocarbons, and new approaches to the utilization of nano-catalysts in unconventional reaction environments, including energy storage devices.