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Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Senior Chemist

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

Phone: (631) 344-2246
FAX:    (631) 344-5815

Catalysis: Reactivity and Structure

Research Interests

Catalysis and surface science. Interaction and reaction of molecules with surfaces of metals, oxides, sulfides and carbides. Use of synchrotron-based techniques in surface and materials characterization (core and valence photoemission, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction). Modeling of surface reactions.


Post-Doctoral Fellow (Chemistry), Texas A&M Univ. 1989-1991 (advisor: D.W. Goodman)
Ph.D., Indiana University (Chemistry) 1988 (advisor: C.T. Campbell)
M.S., Simon Bolivar University (Chem. Eng.) 1985
M.S., Simon Bolivar University (Theoretical Chemistry) 1983
B.S.,  Simon Bolivar University (Chem. Eng.) 1982
B.S.,  Simon Bolivar University (Chemistry) 1981


Adjunct Professor, SUNY Stony Brook, 2005-present
Senior Chemist, BNL, 2002-present
Chemist with tenure, BNL, 1998-2002
Chemist, BNL, 1995-1998
Associate chemist, BNL, 1993-1995
Assistant chemist, BNL, 1991-1993
Research Associate, Texas A&M University, 1991
Research Assistant, Indiana University, 1986-1988

Honors and Awards

Science and Technology Award of Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2011
HENAAC Award for Technical Achievements, 2007
Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship,Indiana University, 1988-1989.
The Felix Haurowitz Award for outstanding perfomance as an advanced graduate student in chemistry. Indiana University, 1987-1988.
The Robert Chernin Award for outstanding achievement in first-year graduate research in chemistry. Indiana University, 1985-1986.
Honorable mention for outstanding achievement in research as a MS student in chemistry. Simon Bolivar University, 1983.

Synergistic activities

Supervisor of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Development of synchrotron equipment for catalysts characterization. Co-organizer of scientific conferences and science fairs. Editorial Board of Surface Science 2005-2011. Guest editor for special issues in Topics in Catalysis and Journal of Molecular Catalysis A. Frequent reviewer for journals in physical chemistry and catalysis.

Recent Selected Publications

  • “Activity of CeOx and TiOx Nanoparticles Grown on Au(111) in the Water-Gas Shift Reaction”, J.A. Rodriguez, S. Ma, P. Liu, J. Hrbek, J. Evans and M. Perez, Science, 318 (2007) 1757
  • “Dissociation of SO2 on Au/TiC(001): Effects of Au-C Interactions and Charge Polarization”, J.A. Rodriguez, P. Liu, F. Viñes, F. Illas, Y. Takahashi, and K. Nakamura, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 47 (2008) 6685-6689.
  • “High Catalytic Activity of Au/CeOx/TiO2(110) Controlled by the Nature of the Mixed-Metal Oxide at the Nanometer Level”, J.B. Park, J. Graciani, J. Evans, D. Stacchiola, S. Ma, P. Liu, A. Nambu, J. Fernandez-Sanz, J. Hrbek, and J.A. Rodriguez, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), 106 (2009) 4975
  • “Desulfurization of Thiophene on Au/TiC(001): Au-C Interactions and Charge Polarization”, J.A. Rodriguez, P. Liu, Y. Takahashi, K. Nakamura, F. Viñes, and F. Illas, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131 (2009) 8592
  • “Water-Gas Shift Reaction on a Highly Active Inverse CeOx/Cu(111) Catalyst: Unique Role of Ceria Nanoparticles”, J.A. Rodriguez, J. Graciani, J. Evans, J.B. Park, F. Yang, D. Stacchiola, S.D. Senanayake, S. Ma, M. Perez, P. Liu, J.F. Sanz, and J. Hrbek, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48 (2009) 8047
  • “Role of Au-C interactions on the catalytic activity of Au nanoparticles supported on TiC(001) towards molecular oxygen dissociation”, J.A. Rodríguez, L.  Feria, T. Jirsak, Y. Takahashi, K. Nakamura, and F. Illas, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 3177
  • “High Activity of Ce1-xNixO2-y for H2 Production through Ethanol Steam Reforming: Tuning Catalytic Performance through Metal Oxide Interactions”, G. Zhou, L. Barrio, S. Agnoli, S.D. Senanayake, J. Evans, A. Kubacka, M. Estrella, J.C. Hanson, A. Martínez-Arias, M. Fernández-García, and J.A. Rodriguez, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  49 (2010) 9680
  • “Interaction of SO2 with Cu/TiC(001) and Au/TiC(001): Towards a New Family of DeSOx Catalysts”, L. Feria, J. A. Rodriguez, T. Jirsak, F. Illas, J. Catal., 279 (2011) 352
  • “A New Type of Strong Metal-Support Interaction and the Production of H2 through the Transformation of Water on Pt/CeO2(111) and Pt/CeOx/TiO2(110) Catalysts”,  A. Bruix, J.A. Rodriguez, P.J. Ramirez, S.D. Senanayake, J. Evans, J.B. Park, D. Stacchiola, P. Liu, J. Hrbek, and F. Illas, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134 (2012) 8968
  • “CO2 Activation and Methanol Synthesis on Novel Cu/TiC and Au/TiC Catalysts”, A.B. Vidal, L. Feria, J. Evans, Y. Takahashi, P. Liu, K. Nakamura, F. Illas, and J.A. Rodriguez, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 3 (2012) 2275
  • “In-situ/Operando Studies for the Production of Hydrogen through the Water-Gas Shift on Metal Oxide/Catalysts”,  J.A. Rodriguez, J. C. Hanson, D. Stacchiola and S. Senanayake, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.  15 (2013) 12004

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