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Catherine A. Peters

Chair and Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences
Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment (ACEE)
Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)

  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University 1992, Civil Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Michigan, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
  • M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, Civil Engineering
  • B.S.E. University of Michigan 1985, Chemical Engineering

Deputy Editor, Environmental Engineering Science
Editorial Board, Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology
AEESP President 2003-2004

Dr. Peters works in the areas of environmental chemistry and geochemistry. Her work focuses on the environmental challenges of subsurface energy technologies such as geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, geothermal energy production, and hydrofracking for shale gas extraction. Her group applies a range of approaches to solving these problems, including high-pressure flow cells for experimental investigation, imaging via X-ray spectroscopy and electron microscopy, and mathematical modeling for reactive transport simulations. Dr. Peters has a collaborative approach to research, working with colleagues at numerous other universities and national labs. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Phone: 609-258-5645


Peters Research Group

Peters research group

Peters research group: Left to right: Anna Erkalova, Jeff Chen, Billy Arendt, Catherine Peters, Jeff Fitts, Kasparas Spokas, Heather Hunter, Hang Deng

News! Award!

Catherine Peters has been selected as a 2016 Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). Dr. Peters is one of four Fellows selected in 2016. AEESP Fellows are selected on the basis of their accomplishments in environmental engineering and science research, teaching and professional service.


New publication: Deng, H.; Fitts, J.P.; Crandall, D.; McIntyre, D.; Peters, C.A. (2015) Alterations of fractures in carbonate rocks by CO2-acidified brines, Environmental Science & Technology. 49(16) 10226-10234.

ES&T TOC art

First of its kind experiment. Carbonic acid-induced fracture channelization. Higher-than-expected permeability. Lower-than-expected reaction extent.