Jose Leo Bañuelos

Physical Sciences Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Curriculum Vitae



Jose Leo Bañuelos

Assistant Professor, Physics

Dr. Bañuelos is interested in the physicochemical properties of nanoscale fluid-solid interfaces in areas of significant societal and economic importance, such as energy storage and conversion, natural resource management, environmental remediation, and nanomedicine. His expertise lies in using advanced x-ray and neutron scattering structural and spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the properties of novel electrolyte / electrode materials for supercapacitor applications. He has been successful in integrating experimental efforts with computational modeling (as a postdoc in a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center) alongside collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) and the NIST Center for Neutron Research (Gaithersburg, MD). He is a long-time user of national user facilities for neutron and x-ray scattering, and was a staff scientist at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Source (Oxfordshire, UK) before joining UTEP in March 2016. He is developing simultaneous small angle scattering and electrochemical measurements capabilities to elucidate the nanoscale structural changes that occur in electrical energy storage systems during power cycling. Dr. Bañuelos leads the Nanomaterials, Interfaces, and Confinement for Energy and the Environment Laboratory (NICE2 Lab) in the department of physics which houses a state-of-the-art small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) instrument for the nanoscale structural characterization of materials.


  1. Energy storage
  2. Hierarchical mesoscale materials
  3. Ionic liquids
  4. Nano-confinement
  5. Porous media
  6. Protein solution structure


  1. Energy & Environment
  2. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering
  3. Cross-cutting: Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology