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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 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