His research revolves around the study of solid surfaces with focus in experimental model systems for heterogeneous catalysts. Specifically, he pioneered the development of surface science models for zeolites, the most used catalysts in the industry, while working at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin, Germany. His current research at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials focuses on experimental models for zeolites and other catalysts aiming at elucidating the reaction mechanisms for catalytic processes of importance for energy transformations. At Brookhaven National Laboratory, he is in charge of the Ambient Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy endstation, in partnership with the National Synchrotron Light Source II. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from University of San Luis, Argentina, and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, followed by postdoctoral research at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society under the auspices of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
He has more than 25 years of experience in X-ray powder diffraction. His research focuses on in-situ and high-resolution structural studies on a variety of materials, including polycrystalline thin films, carbon nanotubes, zeolitic catalysts, organic molecular compounds, battery materials, organic-inorganic hybrids and ancient materials. His expertise includes X-ray detectors, diffraction software, and beamline optics hardware. Prior to joining Brookhaven National Laboratory, he worked at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF-France) on developing the benchmark High Resolution Powder Diffraction beamline. He received both his master’s degree in hard condensed matter physics and crystallography and doctorate in radiation physics from the University of Paris.
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