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Catherine Peters
Catherine Peters

Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Undergraduate Geological Engineering Certificate Program, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, 1992

Room: E417A Engineering Quad, E205 Engineering Quad
Phone: 609-258-5645

Webpage: Environmental Geochemistry Lab

Curriculum Vitae

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Department of Geosciences
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI)
  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM)
  • Associated Faculty, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
  • Executive Committee, Program in Sustainable Energy


  • CEE304 Environmental Engineering and Energy
  • CEE571 Environmental Chemistry
  • CEE599 Special Topics in EEWR: Modeling of Geochemical Kinetics and Reactive Transport


Research Areas

  • Carbon Mitigation and Sustainability
  • Environmental Engineering and Water Resources
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Subsurface Hydrology
  • Sustainability
  • Water Quality, Biogeochemical Cycles and Bioremediation

Research Interests

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. She applies a range of approaches to solving these problems, including laboratory experiments for experimental investigation, imaging via X-ray spectroscopy and electron microscopy, and mathematical modeling for reactive transport simulations. Dr. Peters has a collaborative research style, 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. Dr. Peters is the Deputy Editor of Environmental Engineering Science, and is on the Advisory Board for Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology (Wiley Journals). She is a past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Updated: January 31, 2018