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Luis Betancourt De Leon

Research Associate

Chemistry Division
Building 555
Brookhaven National Laboratory
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Phone: (631) 344-4343
Fax: (631) 344-5815

Catalysis: Reactivity and Structure (CRS) Group

Research Interests

Heterogeneous Catalysis and surface science: in-situ/operando synchrotron techniques in surface and materials characterization (XRD, XAFS, XPS DRIFTS) for electrocatalysts, powder catalysts and metal-oxide systems.


Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, The University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. June 2018
B.S., The University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. May 2012

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, 2012-2018 University of Puerto-Rio Piedras


Bridge to the Graduate Program- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), 2013-2015
The Institute for Functional Nanomaterials Academic Fellowship, 2015
Puerto Rico NASA Space Grant Fellowship, 2016-2018


253th American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting; California: Oral Presentation
“Jornada Científica Internacional de Nanotecnología”; Perú: Invited Speaker
252th American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting; Philadephia: Oral Presentation


  1. L. E. Betancourt; R. Guzmán-Blas.; S. Luo.; D.J. Stacchiola.; S.D Senanayake.; M. Guinel; C.R. Cabrera. Rotating Disk Slurry Au Electrodeposition at Unsupported Carbon Vulcan XC-72 and Ce3+ Impregnation for Ethanol Oxidation in Alkaline Media. Electrocatalysis. 2017, 8 (2), 87-94.
  2. K. T. Soto Hidalgo, E. Ortiz-Quiles, L. E. Betancourt, E. Larios, M. José-Yacaman, and C. R. Cabrera. Photoelectrochemical Solar Cells Prepared From Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron Used for Aqueous Cd2+ Removal. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2016, 4 (3), 738-745.
  3. J. Corchado-García, L.E. Betancourt, C. A. Vélez, S. D. Senanayake, D.J. Stacchiola, K. Sasaki, M.J. Guinel, T. Zhou, C.L. Cheung C.R. Cabrera. Cerium oxide as a promoter for the electro-oxidation reaction of ethanol: in situ XAFS characterization of the Pt nanoparticles supported on CeO2 nanoparticles and nanorods. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2015, 17 (48), 32251-32256.
  4. C. M. Poventud-Estrada, R. Acevedo, C. Morales, L. E. Betancourt, D. C. Diaz, M. A. Rodriguez III, E. Larios, M. José-Yacaman, E. Nicolau, M. Flynn, and C. R. Cabrera, “Microgravity Effect on Chronoamperometric Ammonia Oxidation at Platinum Nanoparticles Modified Mesoporous Carbon Supports: A parabolic flight experiment II”, J. Electroanal. Chem., 2015.
  5. A. Rojas-Pérez, L. Adorno, M. Cordero, A. Ruiz, Z. Mercado-Díaz, A. Rodríguez, L.E Betancourt, C. Vélez, I. Feliciano, C. Cabrera, L.M Díaz Vázquez. “Biosynthesis of Gold Nanoparticles using Obtusiloba Extract and their Potential Use in Optical Sensing Applications.” Austin Journal of Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 2015 1(3),1-9.  

photo of Luis Betancourt De Leon