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Nicholas Camillone III

Nicholas Camillone III


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

Phone: (631) 344-4412
FAX: (631) 344-5815

Surface Chemical Dynamics

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Surface chemistry and chemical physics, catalysis and photocatalysis:
photoinduced surface chemistry; molecular and electron dynamics at nanoparticle surfaces; molecule-surface interactions and scattering; surface structure and diffraction; self-assembly; organic-semiconductor interfaces; oxide surface chemistry.

Current Research

Our research is aimed at understanding the physics that drives chemical processes at the gas-solid interface. The work is motivated by a desire to develop a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of surface reactions that is relevant to the rational design of future catalytic and photocatalytic materials. Toward this end we are working to address the challenge of understanding the details-reaction mechanisms, transition states, molecular interactions, and energy transfer timescales-that determine the efficiency, selectivity and structure-function relationships of surface chemistry.

We are currently investigating dynamical chemical processes in two distinct programs:

Chemical Physics: "Clocking" Heterogeneous Catalysis jump to more >>

Our Chemical Physics program focuses on molecule-surface energy transfer dynamics and using photoinitiated diabatic processes to "clock" surface chemical reactions. This research is a component of the Chemical Physics program in the Chemistry Division at Brookhaven and involves collaborations with Mike White (White Surface Dynamics Group), Ping Liu (Catalysis on the Nanoscale), and Alex Harris (Ultrafast Surface Dynamics).

Chemical Imaging for Nanophotocatalysis jump to more >>

Our Chemical Imaging program focuses on enhancing our ability to understand atomic-scale mechanisms of nanophotocatalytic reactions through experiments combining spectroscopic chemical specificity, sub-nanometer spatial resolution, and sub-picosecond temporal resolution. This research is a joint effort with Interface Science and Catalysis Group at the Proximal Probes Facility in Brookhaven's Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S.    1988, Physics and Chemistry double major, Wheaton College, IL
  • M.A.    1990, Chemistry, Princeton University
  • Ph.D.   1994, Chemistry, Princeton University

Research and Professional Experience

  • Chemist, BNL, 2006-
  • Associate Chemist, BNL, 2003-2006
  • Assistant Chemist, BNL, 2001-2003
  • Research Scientist, Columbia University, 2001
  • Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University, 1999-2000
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Columbia University, 1996-1998
  • Postdoctoral Assistant, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994-1996
  • Research Assistant, Princeton University, 1989-1994
  • Research Intern, Argonne National Laboratory, 1987

Recent Publications

  • Efficient Sub-picosecond Photoinduced Surface Chemistry: The Ultrafast Photooxidation of CO on Palladium"
    P. Szymanski, A.L. Harris, N. Camillone III
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 112, 15802 (2008)
  • Temperature-Dependent Femtosecond Photoinduced Desorption in CO/Pd(111)"
    P. Szymanski, A.L. Harris, N. Camillone III
    J. Phys. Chem. A, 111, 12524 (2007)
  • "Temperature-Dependent Electron-Mediated Coupling in Subpicosecond Photoinduced Desorption"
    P. Szymanski, A.L. Harris, N. Camillone III
    Surf. Sci., 601, 3335 (2007)
  • "Adsorption-State-Dependent Subpicosecond Photoinduced Desorption Dynamics"
    P. Szymanski, A.L. Harris, N. Camillone III
    J. Chem. Phys., 126, 214709 (2007)
    Selected for the July 2007 issue of the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science.
  • "Tuning Molecule-Surface Interactions with Nanometer-Thick Covalently-Bound Organic Overlayers"
    N. Camillone III, T. Pak, K. Adib, K.A. Khan, and R.M. Osgood, Jr.
    J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, 11334 (2006).

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