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.
Prior to his position at U-M, Barteau had been a research professor at the University of Delaware for three decades, most recently as Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives- the university’s top research administration position. At Delaware, Barteau co-founded the Energy Institute and in 2006 was admitted to the National Academy of Engineering.
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.