Roster | Donald Baer

Donald Baer

Director (2019-2020)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Box 999 MSIN K8-91
3335 Innovation Blvd
Richland, WA 99352
Tel: 509-781-1326
E-mail: donald_baer @

DONALD BAER is a Laboratory Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He received a B.S. in physics in 1969 from Carnegie-Mellon University, a Ph.D. in experimental physics in 1974 from Cornell University and was a postdoc in Physics at the University of Illinois.  Baer joined PNNL as a postdoc in 1976 and among other roles he has served as group leader for interphase chemistry, deputy director of PNNL’s Nanotechnology Initiative, interim Chief Science Officer for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory User Facility and co-director of the PNNL-University of Washington Joint Center for Nanotechnology.  During 1984-1985 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, Guildford UK working with Jim Castle.  He has been an affiliate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Washington since 2004 and was an adjunct Professor of Physics for Washington State University (1990-2012). Most of his research has explored the impact of surfaces and interfaces on material properties including understanding the behaviors of nanoparticles in aqueous and biological systems, the surface chemistry and dissolution of oxides and minerals, and the role of interfacial chemistry on stress corrosion cracking leading to more than 290 peer reviewed publications.   He has specialized in adapting surface sensitive tools to address complex problems and provide quantitative information.  In support of AVS, Baer has served as an AVS Trustee from 2015-2017 (chair in 2017), Chair, Secretary, and Member of the Executive Committee of the Applied Surface Science Division, member of the Distinguished Lecturer and Recommended Practices Committees, and as member for the National Program Committee (~12 times).  He co-organized the AVS Applied Surface Analysis Topical Conference in 1998 and 2004 and served on the program committee or on the local arrangement chair for many Quantitative Surface Analysis conferences. He is a member of the ‘aging’ PNNL team that has, to their surprise, captured the corporate team trophy in the AVS 5K run more than 15 times. He has organized symposia for a variety of other societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Electrochemical Society.  He is the Reviews Editor for Surface and Interface Analysis, has been on the editorial board for Surface Science Spectra since 1991, and was an associate editor of JVST (1989-1992). He served on the Advisory Board of the US-Korea NanoForum (2004-2010), the International Advisory Board for Practical Surface Analysis (2007-2019) and the scientific advisory committee for European Conference on surface and Interface Analysis (2015 and 2017).  He has strong interest in encouraging early career scientists and received the PNNL Fitzner Eberhardt Award for outstanding contributions to science education (2000) and the Chester Cooper Mentor of the Year Award for mentoring technical staff (2003). Dr. Baer is recipient of the 2009 Albert Nerken Award from the AVS, the 2011 John Rivière Prize of the UK Surface Analysis Forum, the 2012 Microscopy Today Innovation Award and an Award of Merit from ASTM International (2014).  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, ASTM International and the AVS.