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Anatoly I. Frenkel

Joint Appointment

Senior Chemist

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

Phone: (631) 344-3013
Fax: (631) 344-5815


Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Fax: (631) 632- 8052 (SUNY-SB)

BNL research group: Structure and Dynamics of Applied Nanomaterials

Research Interests

Physico-chemical properties of nanocatalysts, structure-property function relationships in disordered systems, mechanisms of catalytic reactions, mechanisms of work of electromechanical materials (piezo-, ferro-, pyro-electrics and electrostrictors. Use of synchrotron-based techniques in materials characterization (x-ray absorption (XAFS) and emission (RIXS) spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction). Development of new in situ/operando techniques for studies of functional nanomaterials.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (Physics), University of Washington, Seattle. 1995-1996 (advisor: E. A. Stern)
  • Ph.D. (Physics) Tel Aviv University, Israel: 1995 (advisor: A. V. Voronel)
  • M.Sc. (Physics) St. Petersburg University, Russia: 1987 (advisor: L. N. Labzovsky)


  • Professor, Stony Brook University, 2016-present
  • Professor, Yeshiva University, 2007-2016
  • Associate Professor, Yeshiva University, 2001-2007
  • Research Scientist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996-2001
  • Research Associate, University of Washington, Seattle, 1995-1996
  • Research Assistant, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1990-1995
  • Research Engineer, Institute of Acoustics, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1987-1990

Sabbatical Appointments

  • Visiting scientist, BNL, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2017
  • Weston Visiting Professor Fellowship, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 2015-2017 and 2019-2021
  • Dean Karen Bacon Outstanding Faculty Award, Yeshiva University, 2003

Synergistic Activities

  • Spokesperson and founding co-principal investigator, Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium (SCC) at BNL, 2004-present
  • Chair, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Yeshiva University, 2008-2012
  • Chair, Department of Physics, Yeshiva University, 2001-2016
  • Organizer, instructor: short courses on X-ray absorption spectroscopy in US (BNL), Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Spain, Israel: 2002-present


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