Professor Peter C. Stair is a world famous scientist in catalysis and surface science field. Currently, he is served as the director of the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science, the director of the Institute for Catalysis in Energy Processes in Northwestern University, Senior Scientist in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Atom-efficient Chemical Transformations. He has received the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award and the 2010 ACS George Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry.
Professor Stair has worked in surface science and in-situ Raman spectroscopy. Recently, his research focuses on the development and use of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for stable and selective catalysts synthesis. He used ALD reactors to developing new growth methods, synthesizing catalysts and doing in-situ characterization of hydrocarbon formation on catalyst surfaces by UV Raman spectroscopy for better target and coke formation preventing. In conjunction with low-pressure ALD reactors, he is also studying ALD growth processes in ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions. The catalysts synthesized test by ALD was finished in the Northwestern Clean Catalysis Facility, using a multiline Altamira system. His research results have been published in many high influence journals, including Science, Nat. Chem., Angew. Chem., J. Catalysis and etc. (By MAO jia, FANG Kun)