Steve Tait

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry


Steven L. Tait is Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics. He also serves as Associate Director of the IU Electron Microscopy Center. Prof. Tait’s research group studies surface science and catalysis, especially for the development of single atom catalysts that are capable of reducing global energy demands through efficient chemical transformations of essential chemical products. Their work combines aspects of physical and materials chemistry with advanced spectroscopy and microscopy characterization tools. Prof. Tait teaches courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, and surface chemistry and is the recipient of the 2022 James P. Holland and Morley Award for Exemplary Teaching and Service in the College of Arts and Sciences. Steve is a fellow of the American Vacuum Society and an active member of the American Chemical Society, where he has served on several national committees. Steve is an active member of the Diversity Affairs Committee in the Department of Chemistry.