Els Peeters, Professor

Els Peeters

Contact Information

Office: PAB 206
Tel: (519) 661-2111 x80973
E-mail: epeeters@uwo.ca

Personal web page

Research Areas

Interstellar medium
Circumstellar medium
Star formation


Research Interests

My main research areas are:

  • carbonaceous molecules and dust (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon molecules, fullerenes, carbonaceous dust)
  • galactic and extra-galactic star forming regions
  • the interstellar and circumstellar medium

Most of my research is based on infrared spectrocopy and imaging with ground-based and space-born telescopes.

I am always looking for new graduate students, so if you're interested in doing a Master's or PhD project in one of these fields, please contact me.


[ Complete Publications Listing]


Astronomy 2232: Sun, Earth and Planets
Astronomy 2801: Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology
Astronomy 3302: Interstellar Medium
Astronomy 3303: Galaxies
Physics 1301B: Introductory Physics II
Physics 2070: Introduction to Earth's Atmosphere
Physics 2102: Introduction to Modern Physics

Astronomy 9604: Galactic and Extragalatic Infrared Astronomy
Astronomy 9610: Fundamentals of Modern Astrophysics
Astronomy 9611: Interstellar Medium 


  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Grant, 2020-2023
  • Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation Early Researcher Award (ERA), 2011–2016
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator grant, 2010-2013
  • NASA Group Achievement Award 2011 (awarded to the NASA Ames Astrochemistry Laboratory Group for the NASA Ames PAH database)
  • Faculty of Science Outreach Award 2010 (awarded to entire Astronomy group)
  • National Research Council Fellowship, 2003-2005

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA), full member
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS), full member
  • International Astronomical Union, member
  • CASCA 2011, member scientific and local organizing committee (SOC & LOC)