Research Institutes and Centers - Faculty of Chemistry

The Center for Energy Research promotes research in all aspects of energy including direct conversion, thermal electricity generation, thermally driven chemical processes, and in photochemistry. Energy research covers a broad range of disciplines, and all the Faculties in the Institute are involved, with most efforts devoted to solar radiation.
Prof. Brian Berkowitz, Director

The de Botton Center for Marine Science will allow Weizmann Institute scientists, in collaboration with colleagues from other Israeli and foreign research institutions, to undertake a thorough study of the oceans and, in particular, the Mediterranean Sea. Their aim is to obtain an integrated understanding of the processes that govern the Sea’s interactions with the atmosphere and characterize its biogeochemistry properties and sediment composition. Since the oceans have a fundamental role in shaping our planet--covering close to 75% of the planet’s surface and holding 97% of its water--and are home to at least half of the planet’s primary biological production, it is vital to increase our knowledge of these precious life-sustaining environments. 
Prof. Aldo Shemesh, Director

The Nancy and Stephen Grand Research Center for Sensors and Security concentrates on developing new types of sensors and developing new ways to improve the sensitivity and accuracy of sensing methods. These include biosensors, biomedical sensors, and experimental technologies needed to make sensors smaller, more accurate, and capable of detecting minute quantities at a distance using noninvasive means.
Prof. Ron Naaman, Director

The Fritz Haber Center for Physical Chemistry supports various scientific activities in physical chemistry and chemical physics. Funds are typically used to purchase equipment for projects that require, for instance, purifying biological and chemical samples, imaging in high resolution of specimens and animal models, allow investigations of contaminants in pharmaceuticals, and implementing light microscopy studies. 
Prof. Eli Pollak, Director

The Dana and Yossie Hollander Center for Structural Proteomics elucidates how proteins function, which involves understanding how a protein’s amino-acid sequence is arranged in space—that is, in a three-dimensional structure. Such knowledge can lead to a much clearer understanding of how proteins function, and how dysfunctional proteins lead to various diseases. It can assist in the design of new drugs, diagnostic tests, proteins engineered for industrial use, new vaccines, antibodies, and other blood products, biosensors, agrochemicals, and biologically engineered organisms. The Center serves as a national service provider for protein production, biochemical/biophysical studies, and structure determination.
Prof. Gideon Schreiber, Co-Director
Prof. Joel Sussman, Co-Director


The Ilse Katz Institute for Material Sciences and Magnetic Resonance Research is focused on advancing basic research in both of these fields. Magnetic resonance (MR) has given science one of its most powerful physics-based tools for imaging and analysis, both as a tool for characterizing solids or liquids in its spectroscopy mode (MRS), and for the non-invasive imaging of cells, organs and tissues in its imaging mode (MRI). The center advances the work of Weizmann scientists in this area, many of whom have played key roles in magnetic resonance’s history, contributing theoretical work on the basic quantum mechanical principles underlying magnetic resonance, devising a wide variety of new materials, research techniques and medical applications. 
Prof. Gilad Haran, Director

The Helen Kimmel Center for Planetary Science nurtures novel collaborations in topics such as planetary surface geology and geophysics, planetary geochemistry and exobiology, planetary atmospheres and climate, extrasolar planets, and others. It will enable the establishment of a graduate studies program in planetary sciences, and, ultimately, pave the way for the Institute to take a leading role in national and international space research initiatives.                          
Prof. Oded Aharonson, Director

The Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure & Assembly encourages research at the molecular level on scientific problems concerning the assembly of biological macromolecules into functionally active intracellular units and organelles. The center supports research projects in the following aspects of bio-macromolecular structural research: nucleic-acids and protein expression and purification, crystallization, crystallographic data collection at international state-of-the-art facilities, and display and visualization of life processes.
Prof. Ada Yonath, Director

The Helen and Martin Kimmel Institute for Magnetic Resonance Research builds on the track record and on the pioneering research being conducted today by various groups on campus working in the field of magnetic resonance research. Its goal is to identify, tackle, and solve the highest-impact challenges arising in this field throughout the coming decades, in collaboration with groups active in related research areas at the Weizmann Institute and worldwide. The Institute is driving dramatic improvements of magnetic resonance technologies, making new and long-lasting contributions to the basic science and applications of magnetic resonance.
Prof. Lucio Frydman, Director

The mission of the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Molecular Design is the design and synthesis of organic and organometallic molecules of novel properties and the development of new synthetic methodology. The center deals with such topics as the design and synthesis of novel metal-binding coordination compounds with special chemical properties; and the development of methodology for the synthesis and structural modification of organic compounds of importance for the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.
Prof. David Milstein, Director

The Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science helps establish links between molecular biology and nanoscale science and supports the Helen and Martin Kimmel Nanoscale Laboratories (NL) in the Perlman Chemistry building, which includes molecular biology laboratories and laboratories for the characterization and manipulation of nanomaterials. The center also supports laboratories engaged in nanomaterials synthesis and their characterization, and the activity in computations of nanomaterials.
Prof. Ernesto Joselevich, Director

The Joseph and Ceil Mazer Center for Structural Biology focuses on better understanding the molecular structure of biological macromolecules, especially proteins and nucleic acids, how they acquire the structures they have, and how alterations in their structures affect their function. This subject is of great interest to biologists because macromolecules carry out most of the functions of cells.
Prof. Abraham Minsky, Director

The Gerhardt M.J. Schmidt Minerva Center of Supramolecular Architecture promotes interdisciplinary research in the field of condensed matter and molecular chemistry, physics and biophysics. Within the framework of the center, both experimental and theoretical studies are carried out, generally by way of support for contacts of the Weizmann faculty members with German scientists, aid for ongoing projects and contributions to equipment needs. Areas that have been supported in the past include structure and function of thin films made of molecular organic as well as of hard (inorganic) materials; studies on architectures of soft and bio-materials, such as micelles, vesicles and membranes; and studies of the inorganic-organic materials interface and mesoporous materials.
Prof. Sam Safran, Director

The Irving and Cherna Moskowitz Center for Nano and Bio-nano Imaging is focused on enhancing the imaging capacities of the Weizmann Institute. The center encourages new initiatives for improving imaging techniques and capabilities and supports the purchase of new, state-of-the-art equipment and the upgrade of existing facilities.
Prof. Michael Elbaum, Director

The Perlman Institute of Chemical Studies was created in conjunction with the construction of the Perlman Building in 1974.  It has supported the Institute’s research in chemistry, in particular materials science, chemical physics and nuclear magnetic resonance studies.

The Dr. Scholl Center for Water and Climate provides financial support to investigators embarking on new projects in the field of water and climate, as well as to interdisciplinary research collaborations among groups. The Dr. Scholl Center also supports the Weizmann Institute's continued participation in leading international large-scale research campaigns that provide data for advanced global climate models.
Prof. Brian Berkowitz, Director

The Sussman Family Center for the Study of Environmental Sciences supports the efforts of members of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research. Investigations include both experimental, field, and theoretical studies focused on understanding the complex inter-relationships among the major Earth systems, and on the need for discovering new, non-polluting energy sources.
Prof. Brian Berkowitz, Director



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