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.


  1. Stock, D. J.; Peeters, E.; Tielens, A. G. G. M.; Otaguro, J. N.; Bik, A., "Extinction and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Intensity Variations across the H II Region IRAS 12063–6259", Astrophysical Journal, 2013.
  2. Whelan, David G.; Lebouteiller, Vianney; Galliano, Frédéric; Peeters, Els; Bernard-Salas, Jeronimo; Johnson, Kelsey E.; Indebetouw, Rémy; Brandl, Bernhard R., "An In-depth View of the Mid-infrared Properties of Point Sources and the Diffuse ISM in the SMC Giant H II Region, N66", Astrophysical Journal, 2013.
  3. Stock, D. J.; Peeters, E.; Tielens, A. G. G. M.; Otaguro, J. N.; Bik, A.,"Extinction and PAH intensity variations across the HII region IRAS 12063-6259", eprint ArXiv, 2013.

[Complete Publications Listing]


Astronomy 3302: Interstellar Medium
Astronomy 2801: Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology

Astronomy 2232: Sun, Earth and Planets
Physics 1301B: Introductory Physics II    

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


  • 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)