I am interested in developing sustainable technologies for the production of materials, energy, and water resources using catalytic processes.


Greg HermanBiography

GREGORY S. HERMAN received his B.S. degree in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1985 and his PhD. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992.  In 1992 Gregory received a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory and performed research at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Later in 1992 he began a second postdoctoral fellowship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  From 1995 until 2000 Gregory was a senior research scientist in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL.  From 2001 until 2007 he was an R&D engineer in the Advanced Materials and Processes Laboratory at Hewlett-Packard Corporation.  From 2007 until 2009 he was a senior scientist in the Materials and Device Applications Laboratory at Sharp Laboratories of America.  In 2009 he joined the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU) as an associate professor and was promoted to professor in 2015. In 2019, he was appointed head of the school and named the James and Shirley Kuse Chair in Chemical Engineering serving until 2022.

Professor Herman's research expertise and interests include

  • Detailed mechanistic characterization of heterogeneous catalysts using surface science techniques
  • Advance fabrication methods and designs for solid oxide fuel cells
  • Development of green manufacturing processes for displays and solar cells
  • Development and characterization of novel optical and electrical materials and
  • Advancement of flexible electronic manufacturing methods and applications.

Currently his research focuses on the development of sustainable technologies for the production of materials, energy, and water resources using catalytic processes.

Prior to joining OSU he held research staff and postdoctoral positions at Sharp Laboratories of America, Hewlett-Packard Corp., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Naval Research Laboratory.


  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Hawaii-Manoa, 1992
  • B.S. Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 1985

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