Dr. Charles (Chuck) Peden

Dr. Charles Peden
Program Manager 
Catalysis Science Program

Office of Basic Energy Sciences
SC-32.1/Germantown Building
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290

Phone: (301) 903-1411
Fax: (301) 903-0271

Dr. Peden is on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment as a program manager in the Catalysis Science Program.

Dr. Peden has spent his independent research career in the DOE National Laboratory system, first at Sandia National Laboratories from 1983-1992, before moving to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in August, 1992. He was promoted to Laboratory Fellow in 2000, and has served as Interim Director and most recently as Associate Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC) at PNNL, prior to joining DOE on temporary assignment in April, 2015. Dr. Peden’s research interests are in the surface and interfacial chemistry of inorganic solids in general, and the heterogeneous catalytic chemistry of metals and oxides (reaction mechanisms, materials) in particular. His current research programs address numerous aspects of the physical and chemical properties of oxide surfaces. These include fundamental experimental studies of the geometric and electronic structure, and surface chemistry of oxide surfaces, as well as more applied studies that are developing oxides as catalytic materials. A particular focus in this latter area is on obtaining the scientific underpinning of several new catalytic technologies that are viable candidates for exhaust emission control from future fuel-efficient vehicles. Dr. Peden is the author of over 250 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. He was elected “Fellow” of the American Chemical Society (2012), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009) and the American Vacuum Society (2000), and is a member of the North American Catalysis Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Physical Chemistry, 1983
M.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, Physical Chemistry, 1980
B.A., Chemistry, California State University, Chico, 1978