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Talin Avanesian

Res Associate Materials Science, Theory/Computation, Center for Functional Nanomaterials

Talin Avanesian

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Bldg. 735
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

Expertise | Research | Education | Appointments | Publications


Expertise

  • Multiscale Modeling of Reactions at Interfaces
  • Heterogenous Catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Electronic Structure Modeling

Research Activities

My research is focused on developing computational tools to explore mechanisms and kinetics of surface reactions. At CFN we are working on building a machine learning framework based on a combination of emerging data analytics tools and in-situ transient kinetic spectroscopy with the goal of creating a novel computational method to derive reaction mechanisms on surfaces. I am also interested in ab initio modeling of nanostructures and chemistry at interfaces.

Education

  • B.S: University of Tehran
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • M.S.: Illinois Institute of Technology
    • Major: Chamical Engineering
  • Ph.D.: University of California Riverside
    • Major: Chemical Engineering
    • Dissertation Title: Utilization of First-Principles Based Models in the Mechanistic Studies of Thermocatalytic and Photocatalytic Processes on Transition Metal Surfaces

Professional Appointments

  • 2018-2019: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    • Energy Institue - University of Delaware  
  • Spring 2017: Lecturer
    • Department of Chemcal and Environmental Engineering - University of California Riverside 
  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral Research Associate
    • Department of Chemcal and Environmental Engineering - University of California Riverside
  • 2007-2011: Process Engineer II
    • WorleyParsons - Monrovia, California

Selected Publications

  • Avanesian T, Dai S, Kale MJ, Graham GW, Pan X, Christopher P (2017) Quantitative and Atomic-Scale View of CO-Induced Pt Nanoparticle Surface Reconstruction at Saturation Coverage via DFT Calculations Coupled with in Situ TEM and IR. Journal of the American Chemical Society 139:4551–4558. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b01081
  • Avanesian T, Christopher P (2016) Scaled Degree of Rate Control: Identifying Elementary Steps That Control Differences in Performance of Transition-Metal Catalysts. ACS Catalysis 6:5268–5272. doi: 10.1021/acscatal.6b01547
  • Avanesian T, Gusmão GS, Christopher P (2016) Mechanism of CO2 reduction by H2 on Ru(0 0 0 1) and general selectivity descriptors for late-transition metal catalysts. Journal of Catalysis 343:86–96. doi: 10.1016/j.jcat.2016.03.016
  • Avanesian T, Christopher P (2014) Adsorbate Specificity in Hot Electron Driven Photochemistry on Catalytic Metal Surfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118:28017–28031. doi: 10.1021/jp509555m
  • Kale MJ, Avanesian T, Xin H, Yan J, Christopher P (2014) Controlling Catalytic Selectivity on Metal Nanoparticles by Direct Photoexcitation of Adsorbate–Metal Bonds. Nano Letters 14:5405–5412. doi: 10.1021/nl502571b
  • Kale MJ, Avanesian T, Christopher P (2013) Direct Photocatalysis by Plasmonic Nanostructures. ACS Catalysis 4:116–128. doi: 10.1021/cs400993w
Talin Avanesian

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Bldg. 735
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

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