Dr. Mónica Jiménez-Ruiz

Office : 352, ILL 4 3rd Floor
Phone : +33 (0)4 76 20 71 44
E-mail : jimenez(at)


IN1-Lagrange Instrument First Responsible

Research interests

.  Neutron spectroscopy and vibrational spectroscopy
.  Catalysis
.  Adsorption: Interaction between host/guest in porous media
.  Water confined in porous media (clays, zeolites, imogolites…….)
.  Hydrate formation
.  Experimental techniques: Neutron spectroscopy, IR and Raman spectroscopy

Technical developments

Development of new sample environment for IN1-Lagrange (link to webpage with the information of sample changer)

Computational/theorical methods

Density functional theory (DFT) calculations and Ab-initio molecular dynamics (AIMD)simulations.

Top five publications

1. M. Jiménez-Ruiz M., D.S. Gahle, T. Lemishko, S. Valencia, G. Sastre and F. Rey Evidence of hydronium formation in water-chabazite zeolite using inelastic neutron scattering experiments and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 124, 5436-5443 (2020)

2. M. Jiménez-Ruiz,  E. Ferrage, M. Blanchard, J. Fernandez-Castanon, A. Delville, M.R. Johnson and L.J. Michot, Combination of Inelastic Neutron Scattering Experiments and ab Initio Quantum Calculations for the Study of the Hydration Properties of Oriented Saponites, J. Phys. Chem. C121, 5029 (2017).

3. S. F. Parker, D. Adroja,  M. Jiménez-Ruiz,  M. Tischer, K. Mobus,  S. D. Wieland  and P. Albers, Characterisation of the surface of freshly prepared precious metal catalysts, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 17196-17201 (2016).

4. Lemishko, S. Valencia, F. Rey, M. Jiménez-Ruiz and G. Sastre, Inelastic Neutron Scattering Study on the Location of Bronsted Acid Sites in High Silica LTA Zeolite, J. Phys. Chem. C 120, 24904-24909 (2016).

5. K. Goh, M Jimenez-Ruiz, M.R. Johnson, S. Rols, J. Ollivier, MS Denning, S. Mamone, MH Levitt, X. Lei, Y. Li, NJ. Turro, Y. Murata and AJ Horsewill, Symmetry-breaking intheendofullereneH2O@C-60 revealed in the quantum dynamics of ortho and para-water: a neutron scattering investigation, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.  16, 39, 21330-21339  (2014).