2017 research activities

Head Prof. Leeor Kronik

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Prof. Leeor Kronik

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Activities in the Department span a wide range of topics from soft, composite and hard materials to energy research, nanoscience, and biological systems. A UNIFYING THEME is the STUDY OF MATERIAL FUNCTIONALITY AND ITS RELATION TO FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTIES AT MULTIPLE SCALES. These properties may be mechanical, structural, chemical, electronic, magnetic, optical, and more. Some examples are:
How do shapes and sizes of nm-sized particles affect their properties?

How can we tune the properties of solar cells by manipulating their material interfaces?

How does friction in knee and hip joints depend on polyelectrolytes that lubricate them?

How can we design self-assembling, even self-replicating (bio)chemical systems?

THE RESEARCH IS BASED ON AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH, and indeed the scientists bring complementary experience in chemistry, physics, and biophysics, including theory and experiment.

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  • Picture of Prof. Roy Bar-Ziv

    Prof. Roy Bar-Ziv

    Artificial biochemical circuits
    Cell-free gene expression on a chip
    Cell-free expression of protein nano-structures
    Autonomous interrogation of the state of a living cell
    The physics of microfluidic crystals

  • Picture of Prof. David Cahen

    Prof. David Cahen

    Bio molecular and molecular (opto)electronics
    Collaboration with:  M. SHEVES, I.PECHT, L. Kronik,A.Vilan, R.Naaman, C.Sukenik (Bar Ilan), A.Kahn (Princeton), N.Koch (Humboldt), M.Tornow, J.Gooding (UNSW), H.Zuilhof (Wageningen)
    Understanding charge transport across organic molecules; with A. Vilan
    Understanding charge transport across proteins
    Proteins as dopable electronic materials
    Hybrid Organic/Inorganic, Molecular/Non-Molecular materials; fundamentals and impications for devices, e.g. solar cells
    Solar Energy: New materials and concepts, and understanding of Photovoltaics
    Collaboration with:  G. Hodes,D. Oron, S. Cohen, K. Gartsman, A. Kahn (Princeton)
    Molecular electronics for solar cells. The importance of molecules for inversion cells.
    Assessing possibilities and limitations of solar to electrical and chemical energy conversion
    Photovoltaic effect at Inorganic/Organic Hybrid Interfaces
    Extremely Thin Absorber Solar Cells

  • Picture of Prof. Michael Elbaum

    Prof. Michael Elbaum

    Cellular Biophysics and Molecular Transport Machines
    Single-molecule manipulations using optical tweezers.
    Dynamics of DNA uptake into the cell nucleus.
    Structure and function of the nuclear pore complex (with Z. Reich): application of atomic force microscopy and advanced optical spectroscopies.
    Anomalous diffusion in polymer networks and living cells (with R. Granek).
    Organization of forces driving cell movements (with A. Bershadsky): optical force measurements and particle tracking studies; influence of cell biochemistry on biophysical forces.
    Novel surface-patterning lithographies.

  • Picture of Prof. Gary Hodes

    Prof. Gary Hodes

    Semiconductor-sensitized nanoporous solar cells and semiconductor film deposition
    Collaboration with:  D. Cahen (WIS)
    Electrochemical and chemical bath deposition of semiconductor films.
    Nanocrystalline solar cells; semiconductor-sensitized nanoporous cells
    Charge transfer in nanocrystalline films

  • Picture of Prof. Jacob Klein

    Prof. Jacob Klein

    Molecular origins of biological lubrication Hydration lubrication: a new paradigm
    Properties of thin liquid films including aqueous electrolytes and polyelectrolytes.
    Hydrophobic interactions
    Slip at surfaces
    Boundary lubrication under water
    Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine: the role of lubrication
    Macro-tribological studies of soft matter
    Surface-forces-measurement techniques at angstrom surface separations; polymers as molecular lubricants
    ATRP growth of polymers from surfaces
    Polyelectrolyte brushes
    Polymers, Complex Fluids, and Interfaces - Experimental studies of the behavior of confined simple and polymeric fluids.
    Collaboration with:  Sam Safran
    Surface forces between heterogeneous surfaces
    Confinement induced phase transitions
  • Picture of Prof. Leeor Kronik

    Prof. Leeor Kronik

    Our group's research is focused on understanding unique properties and behavior of materials and interfaces, using first principles quantum mechanical calculations based mostly on density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory. The group is actively engaged in prediction and interpretation of novel experiments, as well as in the development of formalism and methodology. For more detailed information, please click below and see our home page.

  • Picture of Prof. Meir Lahav

    Prof. Meir Lahav

    Solid State Chemistry in 2- and 3-dimensions
    Organization of molecules at surfaces and interfaces; effects of environment on crystal growth
    Chirality, Chemistry and the origin of life
  • Picture of Dr. Michal Leskes

    Dr. Michal Leskes

    Our research is focused on correlating structure and function in energy storage and conversion materials by advanced magnetic resonance methods. We aim to understand how the composition of materials affects their functionality and how we can control their functionality through deviation from ideal stoichiometry. In particular we are interested in materials for energy storage, such as Li and Na ion batteries, and in the role interfacial chemistry plays in the functionality of electrode and electrolyte materials. We use a wide range of magnetic resonance techniques: solid state NMR, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP). Additionally we investigate the process of polarization transfer from electron spins to nuclear spins in solids DNP utilizing external and internal polarization agents. For more detailed information, please click below and see our home page.

  • Picture of Prof. Igor Lubomirsky

    Prof. Igor Lubomirsky

    Dielectric materials
    Properties of Ultra-Thin Self-Supported Crystalline Oxide Films.
    Infrared focal plane array based on freestanding pyroelectric films.
    Oxygen ion transport in thin freestanding films.
    High temperature, electrochemical CO<sub>2</sub> reduction

  • Picture of Prof. Israel Rubinstein

    Prof. Israel Rubinstein

    Functional Nanomaterials
    Self-assembled supramolecular nanostructures on surfaces (with A. Vaskevich, H. Leader)
    Nanoparticle organization on surfaces using coordination layer-by-layer assembly (with A. Vaskevich, H. Leader)
    Plasmonic systems based on metal nano-island films prepared by evaporation/annealing (with A. Vaskevich)
    Application of metal nanoisland films in chemical and biological sensing using localized surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy (with A. Vaskevich)

  • Picture of Prof. Jacob Sagiv

    Prof. Jacob Sagiv

    Supramolecular Architecture at Interfaces (with R. Maoz)
    Supramolecular Surface Chemistry: Bottom-up Nanofabrication using Planned Self-Assembling Mono- and Multilayer Systems (with R. Maoz)
    Constructive Lithography: Contact Electrochemical Surface Patterning on Lateral Length Scales from Nanometer to Centimeter (with R. Maoz)