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J. Anibal Boscoboinik

Staff Scientist | Interface Science and Catalysis


  • Surface Science
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy
  • X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Monte Carlo Simulations using Lattice Gas Model

CFN Research Activities

My research activities focus on the study of heterogeneous catalysts using simplified systems (model systems) at conditions ranging from ultra-high vacuum to industrially relevant pressures, using surface science techniques. Catalysts of particular interest are microporous materials such as zeolites. Although the majority of the volume of heterogeneous catalysts used in the industry falls 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 two-dimensional 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. See references (1-3) below for the case of the preparation of “two dimensional” zeolites. A tool that will become particularly important for model system studies at relevant conditions is ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS). That is why we are currently working on this analytical technique at beamline X1A1 at NSLS and designing a new AP-XPS end-station at NSLS II.


  • 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”.
  • Graduate Assistant (Research and Teaching). University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
  • Quality and Development analyst. Kimberly Clark Corp. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Selected Publications & Research Highlights

  1. J.-Q. Zhong, M. Wang, N. Akter, J.D. Kestell, A.M. Boscoboinik, T. Kim, D. J. Stacchiola, D. Lu, J. A. Boscoboinik*: Immobilization of single argon atoms in nano-cages of two-dimensional zeolite model systems. Nat. Commun. 2017, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16118. 
  2.  J.D. Kestell, J.-Q. Zhong, M. Shete, I. Waluyo, J.T. Sadowski, D. J. Stacchiola, M. Tsapatsis, J.A. Boscoboinik*: Studying Two-Dimensional Zeolites with the Tools of Surface Science: MFI Nanosheets on Au(111). Catal. Today, 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2016.07.015. 
  3.  A.M. Boscoboinik, S.J. Manzi, W.T. Tysoe, V.D. Pereyra, J.A. Boscoboinik*: Directed Nano-scale Self-Assembly of Molecular Wires Interconnecting Nodal Points using Monte Carlo Simulations. Chem. Mater. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b02413. 
  4.  JX. Yang, S. Kattel, S.D. Senanayake, J.A. Boscoboinik, X. Nie, J. Graciani, J.A. Rodriguez, P. Liu, D.J. Stacchiola, J.G. Chen: Low pressure CO2 hydrogenation to methanol over gold nanoparticles activated on a CeOx/TiO2 interface. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015,  DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b06150. 
  5. Porosoff, MD; Yang, X; Boscoboinik, JA; Chen, JG: Molybdenum carbide as alternative catalysts to precious metals for highly selective reduction of CO2 to CO. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  2014, 53, 6705-6709.
  6. J.A. Boscoboinik, X. Yu, B. Yang, F.D. Fischer, R. Wlodarczyk, M. Sierka, S. Shaikhutdinov, J. Sauer, H.-J. Freund. Modelling Zeolites with Metal-Supported Two-Dimensional Aluminosilicate films. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 24, 6005-6008.
  7. J.A. Boscoboinik, X. Yu, E. Emmez, B. Yang, S. Shaikhutdinov, F. Fischer, J. Sauer, H.-J. Freund. Interaction of Probe Molecules with Bridging Hydroxyls of Two-Dimensional Zeolites: A Surface Science Approach. J. Phys. Chem. C 2013, 117, 13547–13556.
  8. J.A. Boscoboinik, X. Yu, B. Yang, S. Shaikhutdinov, H.-J. Freund. Building Blocks of Zeolites on an Aluminosilicate Ultra-Thin Film. Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 2013, 165, 158-162.


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