Dr. Peter K. Dorhout is VPR and Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University as well as an Ames National Laboratory Affiliate. He came to ISU from Kansas State University after five years as VPR, following four years as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. He served as the Interim Provost at Colorado State University-Pueblo, preceded by 20 years in various administration and faculty roles at Colorado State University-Fort Collins. Dorhout is current past chair of the Chemistry Section for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has led professional organizations and foundations as a board member of the American Chemical Society – where he was the 2018 President – the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, ISU Research Park, and Iowa Innovation Council, among others.
Dorhout is a recognized expert in solid state and nuclear materials science and environmental chemistry. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reviews while presenting over 130 international and nationally invited lectures. Dorhout earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Illinois, a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and served as a postdoctoral scientist at Ames Lab. His professional awards include Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Research Corporation Cottrell Scholar, A. P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, and National Science Foundation CAREER Fellow.