Eli Stavitski

Associate Physicist, Inner Shell X-ray Spectroscopy Beamline

Dr. Eli Stavitski rejoins us from the Canadian Light Source where he was an industrial staff scientist responsible for establishing and supporting an academic and industrial user community in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. Prior to his tenure there, Eli worked at the NSLS supporting the user program at infrared beamlines, contributing to synchrotron instrumentation development and led the effort to upgrade the IR imaging beamline to allow for full-field imaging with subdiffraction spatial resolution.

As a scientific staff member Dr. Stavitski will be part of a group of scientific and engineering staff to design and build a state-of-the-art inner shell spectroscopy beamline and its associated scientific programs at NSLS-II. His responsibilities will include interacting with the scientific user community to define the mission and technical scope of the beamline and supporting all aspects of the beamline design, construction, commissioning, and operations.

Dr. Stavitski earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His postdoctoral training with Prof. Bert Weckhusen at Utrecht University focused on the development of in situ multi-technique microspectroscopic approach to investigate catalytic materials in action. He coauthored 45 peer-reviewed scientific papers and three book chapters.

Phone: 344-8641
Email: istavitski@bnl.gov


  • Ph.D. 2006: Physical Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • M.S. 2001: Physical Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • B.S. 1998: Chemistry, Novosibirsk University, Russia

Key Publications

  • A Parvulescu, D Mores, E Stavitski, C Teodorescu, P Bruijnicx, R Klein Gebbing, B Weckhuysen, Chemical Imaging of Catalyst Deactivation during the Conversion of Renewables at the Single Particle Level: The Etherification of Biomass-based Polyols with Alkenes over H-Beta Zeolites, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 10429 (2010).
  • E Stavitski, E Pidko, M Kox, E Hensen, R van Santen, B Wecknuysen, Detection of Carbocationic Species in Zeolites: Large Crystals Pave the Way, Chem. Eur. J., 16(31), 9340–9348 (2010).
  • M Kox, K Domke, J Day, G Rago, E Stavitski, M Bonn, B Weckhuysen, Label-Free Chemical Imaging of Catalytic Solids by Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering and Synchrotron-Based Infrared Microscopy, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48(47), 8990–8994 (2009).
  • E Stavitski, M Kox, I Swart, F de Groot, B Weckhuysen, In Situ Synchrotron-Based IR Microspectroscopy To Study Catalytic Reactions in Zeolite Crystals, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 3543 –3547 (2008).

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