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J. Anibal Boscoboinik

Staff Scientist | Interface Science and Catalysis

Expertise

  • Surface Science and Catalysis
  • Nanoscale Confinement Effects
  • Two-dimensional Silicates and Zeolites
  • X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy

CFN Research Activities

My research activities focus on the synthesis and study of thin or two-dimensional (2D) porous silicate materials to use them as simplified systems (model systems) for bulk structures such as heterogeneous catalysts, membranes, adsorbents, etc. For these studies we use conditions ranging from ultra-high vacuum to industrially relevant pressures, taking advantage of surface science techniques that can operate at this pressure range. Catalysts of particular interest are microporous materials such as zeolites. Although the most heterogeneous catalysts used in the industry fall in this category, they are particularly difficult to study with surface science techniques. The problem resides in the fact that the catalytically active surface is enclosed within the pores, and thus out of the reach of surface science tools, which require an “exposed” surface. A useful approach to overcome this difficulty is to create 2D analog materials that have the same active sites as the three-dimensional porous ones. In this way, the active site can be probed with typical surface science tools. Resulting from initial studies on these 2D-silicates materials, it was evident that confinement effects play an important role in chemical reactions and physical trapping of species. We are now in studying these materials for trapping and separating noble gases, in addition to studying catalytic reactions.

Education

  • PhD: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
    • Chemistry
    • Dissertation Title: Small Organic Molecules in Transition Metal Surfaces and Monte Carlo Simulations of Bimetallic Surface Alloys.
  • B.S./M.S.: Universidad Nacional de San Luis, San Luis, Argentina
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Dissertation Title: Adsorption–desorption kinetics of a binary mixture.

Professional Appointments

  • A. von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow: Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society. Berlin, Germany. Chemical Physics Department. Project: “Synthesis and nano-scale characterization of ordered thin film zeolites by surface science techniques”.
  • Quality and Development analyst. Kimberly Clark Corp. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

Highlights:

Studying Argon Gas Trapped in Two-Dimensional Array of Tiny "Cages"

Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts

Brookhaven Lab Facilities Team Up to Offer Beamline for Cutting-Edge Science

Wang and Akter Win 2019 Chasman Award

Publications:

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5090-7079

Highlights

Studying Argon Gas Trapped in Two-Dimensional Array of Tiny "Cages"

Upgrading Biomass with Selective Surface-Modified Catalysts

Brookhaven Lab Facilities Team Up to Offer Beamline for Cutting-Edge Science

Wang and Akter Win 2019 Chasman Award