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Baltrusaitis, Jonas

Visiting Fellows


Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis has published close to 170 publications that have been cited about 5000 times with an h-index of 39 in the last 12 years. Three of the manuscripts are considered Highly Cited in the Field articles according to World of Science as of Fall 2017. Results from his research have been published in Science, Journal of American Chemical Society and Proceedings of National Academy of Science, to name a few. His doctoral and postdoctoral research focused on trace atmospheric gases (CO2, SO2, NOx, and HNO3) and their reaction under environmentally relevant conditions on metal oxide and carbonate single Crystal and particle surfaces. He designed and developed several in-situ reaction systems for spectroscopy (FTIR and XPS) analysis as well as AFM. XPS instrumentation has been used in heterogeneous chemistry investigation of HNO3, NO2, SO2 adsorbed on insulator and semiconductor metal oxide and carbonate surfaces under various concentrations of water vapor and molecular oxygen. He developed XPS data processing methods based on vector analysis that allows creating XPS spectral components by incorporating key information, obtained experimentally, providing reduced arbitrariness method widely applicable in any spectra data analysis. His work resulted in prominent publications on evaluating and proposing unifying concepts for studying key atmospheric and oceanic chemistry in the lab. He contributed significantly the early stages of Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate. He has further made an impact in exploring energy efficient methods of CO2 activation via its chemical transformations into value added products, such as hydrocarbons, olefins or oxygenates, using photo- and electrochemistry. In fact, two of his manuscripts are very highly cited and explore concepts of utilizing sustainable energy sources for CO2 activation. He further continued his CO2 activation work and expanded it to exploring alternative hydrogen donors, other than thermodynamically stable H2O molecule, and extensively using H2S, an abundant molecule present in refinery streams. His approach focused on both photoand electro-chemical methods of H2S mediated CO2 activation that generated interest from industry, such as Shell (the Netherlands) or GASCO (UAE).

From: Jun 03, 2019 To: Jun 28, 2019

Structure Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering)

Lehigh University


Unibo reference

Prof. Stefano Luciano Ciurli

Dipartimento di Farmacia e Biotecnologie