About Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau


Mark A. Barteau is the Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the inaugural DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research. He previously served as the Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006. Barteau brings extensive experience as a researcher, inventor, academic leader, and consultant for both US and international organizations. His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces, and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, AFOSR and NASA. 


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 the Barteau lab has been pursuing catalyst design from nano-scale understanding of reaction mechanisms and their connection to catalyst sites. Current efforts in the 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.


Stanford University
PhD Chemical Engineering '81
MS Chemical Engineering '77

Washington University
BS Chemical Engineering '76

Mark Barteau, Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute.