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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

Editor-in-Chief, 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: Julie Kim, Sassan Hajirezaie, Heather Hunter, Catherine Peters, Daniel Hogan, Kasparas Spokas. Photo credit: Carl Coetzee


PhD student Sassan Hajirezaie conducts multi-model multi-scale imaging study to ascertain mineral precipitation in sealed fracture.

Sassan Hajirezaie


Catherine Peters appointed chair of CEE at Princeton University.

Jim Smith and Catherine Peters

Jim Smith hands over leadership of the department to Catherine Peters.