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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

DOE Distinguished Scientist Award 2019
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), the Royal Society of Chemistry Catalysis Series (2014-present) and the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2019-present). Guest editor for special issues in Topics in Catalysis, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A and Surface Science.  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
  • “Water-Gas Shift Reaction on Cu and Au Nanoparticles Supported on CeO2(111) and ZnO(000ī): Intrinsic Activity and Importance of Support Interactions”, J.A. Rodriguez, P. Liu, J. Hrbek, J. Evans and M. Pérez, Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed., 46 (2007) 1329-1332
  • “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
  • “Highly Active Copper-Ceria and Copper-Ceria-Titania Catalysts for Methanol Synthesis from CO2”, J. Graciani, K. Mudiyanselage, F. Xu, A. E. Baber, J. Evans, S. D. Senanayake, D. J. Stacchiola, P. Liu, J. Hrbek, J. F. Sanz and J. A. Rodriguez, Science, 345 (2014) 546-550.
  •  “Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol: Importance of Metal-Oxide and Metal-Carbide Interfaces in the Activation of CO2", J.A. Rodriguez, P. Liu, D. Stacchiola, S. Senanayake, M. White, and J.G. Chen, ACS Catalysis 5 (2015) 6696-6706.
  • “The Low-temperature Conversion of Methane to Methanol on CeOx/Cu2O Catalysts: Water Controlled Activation of the C-H Bond”, Z. Zuo, P. J. Ramírez, S. Senanayake, P. Liu and J. A. Rodriguez, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (2016) 13810.
  • “Room Temperature Activation of Methane and Dry Reforming with CO2 on Ni-CeO2(111) Surfaces: Effect of Ce3+ Sites and Metal-Support Interactions on C-H bond Cleavage” P. Lustemberg, P. Ramirez, Z. Liu, R. Gutierrez, D. Grinter, J. Carrasco, S. Senanayake, J. Rodriguez, M.V. Ganduglia-Pirovano, ACS Catal. 6 (2016) 8184.
  • “Active Sites for CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol on Cu/ZnO Catalysts”, S. Kattel, P. J. Ramirez, J. Chen, J. A. Rodriguez and P. Liu, Science, 355 (2017) 1296.
  • “Atomic layered Au clusters on α-MoC as catalyst for the low temperature water gas shift reaction”, S. Yao, X. Zhang, W. Zhou, R. Gao, W. Xu, Y. Ye, L. Lin, X. Wen, P. Liu, B. Chen, E. Crumlin, J. Guo, Z. Zuo, W. Li, J. Xie, L. Lu, C. J. Kiely, L. Gu, C. Shi, J. A. Rodriguez, D. Ma, Science, 357 (2017) 389.
  • “Direct Conversion of Methane to Methanol on Ni-Ceria Surfaces: Metal-Support Interactions and Water-enabled Catalytic Conversion by Site Blocking” P. G. Lustemberg, R. M. Palomino, R. A. Gutiérrez, D. C. Grinter, M. Vorokhta, Z. Liu, P. J. Ramírez, V. Matolín, M. V. Ganduglia-Pirovano, S. D. Senanayake, and J. A. Rodriguez, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140 (2018) 7681.
  • “Room Temperature Methane Capture and Activation by Ni Clusters Supported on TiC(001): Effect of Metal-Carbide Interactions on the Cleavage of the C-H bond”, H. Prats, R.A. Gutierrez, J.J. Piñero, F. Viñes, J.A. Rodriguez and F. Illas, J. Am, Chem. Soc. 141 (2019) 5303.

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