“He is a truly interdisciplinary scientist — using principles from chemistry, biology, and nuclear physics to advance the mission of Notre Dame,” said Peter Garnavich, the chair of the Department of Physics.
He has 200 peer-reviewed publications since 1983, and holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Princeton and a doctorate in chemical physics from State University of New York, Stony Brook. After two postdoctoral fellowships, he began his teaching career as an assistant professor of chemistry at Hope College in 1993. He rose through the professional ranks and was named the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry there until joining the University of Notre Dame as a professor of physics in 2016. He is affiliated with Notre Dame's Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics, as well the Eck Institute for Global Health.
Peaslee spent more than two decades conducting foundational physics research before switching to applied nuclear physics. His lab utilizes a particle accelerator to conduct ion beam analysis to measure the elements in various environmental samples. Peaslee has recently done work that uncovered toxic chemicals in fast-food wrappers, environmental lead in homes, and chemicals in firefighters’ gear and other textiles.
“I am honored to have been chosen as a Fellow of the ACS in their 2019 class, as it represents recognition of a career in research and teaching as well as service to the society,” Peaslee said.
The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals, and scientific conferences.