- 2007: Ph.D. in Physics, University of New Hampshire, US
- 1999: M.S. in Applied Nuclear Physics and Engineering, University of Bucharest, Romania
- 1998: B.Sc. in Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania
- 2010 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Division , C-PCS, Los Alamos, New Mexico, US
- 2007 - 2010: Research Scientist, Department of Physics and Center for High-Rate Nano-manufacturing, University of New Hampshire, US
- 1999 - 2001: Research Assistant at the Solid States Quantum Electronics Laboratory, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania
- Currently my research is focused on single semiconductor nanocrystal dot scanning tunneling spectroscopy and developing an ultra-high vacuum and low temperature scanning tunneling microscope with optical access for simultaneous electron tunneling and optical spectroscopy.
- Solid state physics of dimensionally reduced systems, mainly focused on the geometric, electronic, dynamical, and optical properties of surfaces and thin films and instrumentation development. I have designed and built an ultrahigh vacuum - variable temperature - scanning tunneling microscope and I used it to study surface reconstructions, self-assembly processes on strained metallic interfaces, ultra-thin films growth, self-assembled organic monolayers, and apply them towards supramolecular patterning on nano-structured multi-functional surfaces. I have been also studying novel acoustic collective electronic excitations at surfaces with electron spectroscopy as well as with synchrotron radiation-based techniques.
- 2010: Highlighted article in EPL on Acoustic surface plasmon on Cu(111)
- 2010: NSF-DMR-1006863 "Strained Ultrathin Interfaces for Controlled Molecular Self-Assembly", Co-PI while at UNH
- 2008: Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award from the University of New Hampshire
- 2007: The Morton M. Traum Surface Science Division Student Award for the best student paper based on work leading to a Ph.D. thesis, American Vacuum Society (AVS), 2005
- 2007: AVS Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant
- 1993-1998: Study scholarship at the University of Bucharest
- K. Pohl, B. Diaconescu, G. Vercelli, et al., Acoustic surface plasmon on Cu(111), EPL 90, 57006 (2010).
- G. Nenchev, B. Diaconescu, F. Hagelberg, K. Pohl, Self-Assembly of methanethiol on the reconstructed Au(111) surface, Phys. Rev. B 80, 081401 (2009).
- B. Diaconescu, T. Yang, S. Berber et al., Molecular Self-Assembly of functionalized fullerenes on a metal surface, Phys. Rev. Lett 102, 056102 (2009).
- B. Diaconescu, G. Nenchev, J. de la Figuera, K. Pohl, An ultra high vacuum fast-scanning and variable temperature scanning tunneling microscope for large scale imaging, Rev. Scient. Instrum. 78, 103701 (2007).
- B. Diaconescu, K. Pohl, L. Vattuone, et al., Low-energy acoustic plasmons at metal surfaces, Nature 448, 57-59 (2007).
- B. Diaconescu, G. Nenchev, J. Jones, K. Pohl, Self-organized nanotemplating on misfit dislocation networks investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy, Microsc. Res. Techniq. 70, 547-553 (2007).