Vice President for Research

Barteau Portrait

A member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as a highly regarded scientist, researcher, inventor, and academic leader, Dr. Mark A. Barteau is vice president for research at Texas A&M University; holder of the Halliburton Chair in Engineering and professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering; and professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science.

Before joining Texas A&M, Dr. Barteau was the director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute, the DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research, professor of chemical engineering, professor of chemistry, and a Dow Distinguished Fellow in Sustainability. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he served as the senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives at the University of Delaware, where he held the Robert L. Pigford Endowed Chair of Chemical Engineering and was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. In his leadership role, Dr. Barteau was actively engaged in the development of funding and new facilities for several university-wide institutes, including biotechnology, rehabilitation and environmental institutes, and served as founding director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute.

His research focuses on chemical reactions at solid surfaces and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis and energy processes. He has successfully competed for research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the US Department of Energy, the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and NASA. Dr. Barteau has consulted for numerous industrial organizations including Ford, DuPont, Dow, BASF, Hercules, Atofina, Union Camp, W.L. Gore, and Sasol.

Dr. Barteau was one of seventeen members of the National Research Council’s committee that authored the report, “Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering” and chaired the committee that produced the 2013 report, “Effects of Diluted Bitumen on Crude Oil Transmission Pipelines.” He serves on two national academies’ studies developing research agendas for carbon dioxide removal and the utilization of carbon waste streams. He was co-chair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable and chair of the Council of Chemical Sciences for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. He is currently on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, serves on the science advisory board for the National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy in China, and is a member of the board of directors of NextEnergy in Detroit.

He received his doctorate from Stanford University, was an NSF Post-doctoral Fellow in physics at the Technische Universität München in Germany, and has held visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania (chemical engineering) and the University of Auckland, New Zealand (chemistry). Dr. Barteau is a frequent contributor on energy and environmental perspectives to The Conversation, Fortune, and National Public Radio.