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Janos Szanyi

Catalysis Science
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K8-87
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. János Szanyi is a Staff Scientist in the Catalysis Science Group within the Chemical and Material Sciences Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He joined PNNL in 2001 after working five years for PPG Industries, Inc., in Pittsburgh, PA as a Senior Research Chemist. Szanyi`s main research interests are in surface chemistry and catalysis; in particular the understanding of elementary reactions steps on model and real catalytic systems using a variety of spectroscopic techniques (primarily FTIR). After graduating from the University of Szeged, Hungary in chemistry, he conducted his graduate research at the Central Research Institute for Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and received a Doctor of University degree in chemistry from the University of Szeged. His graduate work involved the investigation of toluene alkylation on zeolites, and studying the acid-base properties of zeolites. Next he joined Prof. Jack H. Lunsford`s group at Texas A&M University as a post-doc and conducted research on the partial oxidation of methane. In order to learn more about the techniques and methods used in surface science, he joined Prof. D. Wayne Goodman`s group at Texas A&M University and received a Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry. In his graduate work he studied the catalytic and structural properties of model bimetallic catalysts. After graduation he spent three years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked as a post-doc under the supervision of Dr. Mark T. Paffett, studying the structural and catalytic properties of model alloy systems, and the mechanism of NOx reduction on zeolite-based catalysts. In his current position he is studying the chemistry of base metal oxide nanostructures supported on oxide film films or metal substrates. His research is focused on the understanding of the fundamentals of the interactions between environmentally harmful compounds (NOx, COx, and SOx) and metal and metal oxide nanostructures.

Research Interests

  • Experimental surface chemistry and catalysis on metal and metal oxide surfaces
  • Spectroscopic characterization of surface species relevant to the understanding of the kinetics and mechanisms of environmentally important catalytic reactions
  • Preparation and characterization of oxide nanostructures
  • Operando kinetic/spectroscopic studies of heterogeneous catalytic processes

Education and Credentials

  • 2006-present Staff Scientist, Catalysis Science, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • 2001-2006 Senior Research Scientist II, Interfacial Chemistry and Engineering, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • 1996-2001 Research Scientist, Glass Technology Center, PPG Industries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1993-1996 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Sciences Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (Advisor: Dr. MT Paffett)
  • 1988-1993 Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Advisor: Prof. DW Goodman)
  • 1987-1988 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (Advisor: Prof. JH Lunsford)
  • 1982-1986 Doctor of University, Central Research Institute for Chemistry of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1977-1982 B.S. Chemistry, University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Member of the North American Catalysis Society
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member to Catalysis Letters

Awards and Recognitions

  • Guest editor for the Festschrift issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C in honor of Professor D. Wayne Goodman, Texas A&M University (2010)
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2009
  • Recipient of the 1st PNGV Award, March 31 1996, White House, Washington DC

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  • Yi CWW, and J Szanyi. 2009. "BaO/Al2O3/NiAl(110) Model NOx Storage Materials: the effect of BaO film thickness on the amorphous-to-crystalline Ba(NO3)2 phase transition." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113(2):716-723. 



  • Yi CWW, and J Szanyi. 2007. "D2O Adsorption on an Ultrathin Alumina Film on NiAl(110)." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 111(47):17597-17602.  doi:10.1021/jp074459s





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