• Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium (SCC)

  • SCC mission

    The purpose of the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium (SCC) is to promote the utilization of synchrotron techniques to perform cutting-edge catalysis nano-science research under in-situ conditions. The Consortium provides assistance to, and develops new sciences/techniques for the catalysis community through the following concerted efforts:

    • Dedicated beamtime on three X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) beamlines: X18A, X18B and X19A
    • Dedicated facilities, including state-of-the-art in-situ reaction cells, gas-handling systems, and advanced detectors
    • Dedicated research staff to assist the experimental set-up and data analysis
    • Training courses and help sessions by the PIs and co-PIs
    • Development and testing of new hardware and software for catalytic and electrocatalytic research
    • Development of new methods of in situ and operando characterization of catalytic reactions at the NSLS and NSLS-II
    • Leading transition of catalysis and electrocatalysis programs from NSLS to NSLS-II

    SCC is welcoming partnership with industry scientists and other DOE-technology-offices funded researchers. For more information, please contact us at scc@yu.edu

    SCC structure

    SCC consists of PIs and co-PIs from academic, national, and industrial laboratories. The SCC is sponsored by the US Department of Energy. The following institutions are the members of the SCC:

    University of Delaware
    Yeshiva University
     Virginia Tech
    Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company

    The beamlines (X18B, X19A and X18A) and facilities are located in the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at Brookhaven National Laboratories. The PIs and co-PIs have extensive experience in the areas of catalysis, electrocatalysis, advanced materials, and synchrotron spectroscopies.

    The following is the list of the SCC members and their research interests. Please contact them if you are interested in starting your catalysis program at the NSLS.

    Principal Investigators

    Co-principal investigators


  • Principal Investigators

    Jingguang G. Chen
    Columbia University, Department of Chemical Engineering
    Research interests: XANES and EXAFS of catalytic materials

    Anatoly I. Frenkel
    Yeshiva University, Department of Physics
    Research interests: In situ XAFS of nanoparticles. Data analysis and technique development (time-resolved, dilute samples, phase speciation, novel detectors)

    Jose Rodriguez
    Brookhaven National Laboratory, Department of Chemistry
    Research interests: XRD and EXAFS of model surfaces and catalytic materials

    Co-Principal Investigators

    Steve L. Hulbert
    Brookhaven National Laboratory, NSLS
    Research interests: VUV/soft X-ray beamline and technique development and photoemission

    David R. Mullins
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Research interests: Photoemission and EXAFS of nanocatalysts

    Steve Overbury
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Research interests: Photoemission and EXAFS of nanocatalysts

    Radoslav Adzic
    Brookhaven National Laboratory, Department of Chemistry
    Research interests: XANES and EXAFS of Electrocatalysis. Design of in situ electrochemical cells

    Ayman M. Karim
    Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    Research interests: In situ and operando XAS studies of catalytic materials

    Simon R. Bare
    UOP LLC, the Honeywell Company
    Research interests: EXAFS and Quick EXAFS: application to catalytic materials

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