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IMEC16 Gold Sponsors


Uri Banin

Professor Uri Banin is the incumbent of the Larisch Memorial Chair at the Institute of Chemistry and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU). Dr. Banin was the founding director of the Harvey M. Kreuger Family Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001-2010) and led the program of the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative at HU (2007-2010). He served on the University’s Executive Committee and on its board of managers and was a member of the board of Yissum. He served on the scientific advisory board of Nanosys. In 2009 Banin was the scientific founder of Qlight Nanotech, a start-up company based on his inventions, developing the use of nanocrystals in display and lighting applications. Since 2013, Banin is an Associate Editor of the journal Nano Letters. His distinctions include the Rothschild and Fulbright postdoctoral fellowships (1994-1995), the Alon fellowship for young faculty (1997-2000), the Yoram Ben-Porat prize (2000), the Israel Chemical Society young scientist award (2001), the Michael Bruno Memorial Award (2007-2010), and the Tenne Family prize for nanoscale science (2012). He received the European Research Council (ERC) advanced investigator grant, to perform research on doping, charge and energy transfer in hybrid nanocrystal systems (2010-2015). Banin’s research focuses on nanoscience and nanotechnology of nanocrystals and he authored over 160 scientific publications in this field that have been extensively cited.

Dominique Chatain

Dr Dominique CHATAIN is a senior CNRS researcher at the Aix-Marseille University. She obtained her Engineer's Degree (1979) and her PhD in Physics (1983) from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble. She was awarded of the Silver Medal of CNRS (2010) and the French State's Légion d'Honneur (2012) for outstanding contribution to the field materials science.

Her research focuses on wetting, and on the interfaces of liquid and solid metals on metallic solids and ceramics.

Her interests have included:
- the energetics, chemistry, structure and anisotropy of (solid/liquid and solid/solid) interfaces, as well as their impact on wetting at thermodynamic equilibrium,
- adsorption-related wetting transitions, and complexion transitions at surfaces and interfaces,
- the physics of wetting: scaling laws between macroscopic wetting and local wetting at the scale of the topological and chemical defects of the solid surface.

Her research has aimed to develop better understanding of applied problems, such as capillarity phenomena (on Earth and in micro-gravity environments), brazing, and processing of materials with large specific-area interfaces (composites, nano- materials, ...), and the improvement of materials during service (interface engineering).

Ruediger Eichel


Director of the Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
Fundamental Electrochemistry (IEK-9)

Forschungszentrum Jülich

personal data

born 5. 6. 1970 in Cologne, Germany

married, 3 children

university education & academic career

Physics and Crystallography,

Universität zu Köln, Germany

diploma in Solid State Physics at German Aerospace Agency (DLR), Cologne (Germany),

degree: Dipl. Phys.

Ph.D-thesis at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich (Switzerland),

degree: Dr. rer. nat.

habilitation in Physical Chemistry at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany),

degree: Dr. rer. nat. habil.                                                 

2007    venia legendi in Physical Chemistry at Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany), awarded Privatdozent     
Chair for Materials and Processes for Energy Conversion and Storage

Institute of Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

scientific appointments

Research Associate (C1) at Institute for Physical Chemistry,

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Lecturer at Institute for Physical Chemistry,

University Freiburg

Group Leader at Institute for Applied Materials – Energy Storage Systems (IAM-ESS),

Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)

since 2012    
director at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research,

Fundamental Electrochemistry (IEK-9)

at Forschungszentrum Jülich


Chair (W3) for Materials and Processes for Energy Conversion and Storage

Institute of Physical Chemistry

RWTH Aachen University

visiting scientist:

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee (USA)
Department of Materials Engineering, Technion Haifa (Israel)
State Key Laboratory for Multi-disciplinary Materials Research, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China)
National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba (Japan)
project leader:

DFG Priority Program 1051 (2002-2004)
DFG Center of Excellence 595 (2002-2010)
board member:

DFG Center of Excellence 595 (2007-10)
German Physical Society (DPG), section dielectric solids (2010-2013)
International Symposium on Functional Materials, ISFM (since 2009)
Special Symposium on Advances in Functional Materials, AFM (since 2011)


research focus

energy storage:

intercalation batteries
conversion batteries
energy conversion:

solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)
oxide ferrolectrics
nano-scale thermoelectrics

advanced multi-pulse and multi-frequency EPR
’in-operando’ magnetic resonance

Gerald S. Frankel

Gerald S. Frankel is the DNV Designated Chair in Corrosion, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at the Ohio State University.  He earned the Sc.B. degree in Materials Science Engineering from Brown University and the Sc.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT. Prior to joining OSU in 1995, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich and then a Research Staff Member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. He is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society and of the NACE journal Corrosion.  Frankel is a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International.  He received the UR Evans Award from the Institute of Corrosion in 2011, OSU Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010, the 2010 ECS Corrosion Division H.H. Uhlig Award, and the 2000 Uhlig Award from NACE.  He was a visiting professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 2013. In 2012, he was appointed by President Barak Obama as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.

Ilan Goldfarb

Ilan Goldfarb is a Full Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Engineering.  After graduating from the Department of Materials Engineering at Ben Gurion University, in the field of growth and characterization of thin films, he pursued to study electron microscopy with Prof. Danny Shechtman at the Technion’s Department of Materials Engineering, where he received his D.Sc. degree in 1994.  As a recipient of a British Council Post-Doctoral Award, he then continued to Oxford University (UK), where he spent the next five years as a Research Fellow at the Department of Materials, specializing in surface science, epitaxial growth, and scanning tunneling microscopy.  He joined Tel Aviv University in 1999, and spent his 2010-2011 sabbatical year at the Nanoelectronics Research Group at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto (USA) exploring electronic structure and conduction mechanisms in amorphous materials.  Until recently, he has headed the TAU Materials & Nanotechnologies Graduate Program, and at present he is heading the TAU Wolfson Applied Materials Research Centre.  Prof. Goldfarb’s current research focuses on self-organization of magnetic epitaxial nanostructures by scanning tunneling microscopy, electron diffraction, and photoemission methods, and on electronic structure of amorphous oxide films.  He is also on the Editorial Board of Applied Physics A (Springer).

Mike Hickner

Mike Hickner is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science Department at Penn State University. Hickner’s work seeks to uncover the relationship between nanophase structure and transport mechanisms in functional polymeric materials to address needs in energy and water purification applications.  His research group has ongoing projects in new polymer synthesis, fuel cells, batteries, water treatment membranes, and organic photovoltaic materials. Hickner’s work at Penn State has been recognized by Young Investigator Awards from the Office of Naval Research and the Army Research Office and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in 2009. He has co-authored seven US and international patents and over 100 peer-reviewed publications since 2001 with more than 4500 citations.

Guy Makov

Guy Makov is an Associate Professor of Materials Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and pursues broad research interests in Materials Physics.  His scientific education includes a B.Sc. in Chemistry, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics at Tel Aviv University; postdocs in Computational Materials Physics at Cambridge University and FZ Julich.  Guy’s research aims to understand materials behavior under extreme conditions from a physical viewpoint, in particular equilibrium properties and response to mechanical deformations or irradiation.  Areas of specific interest include the liquid state, phase diagrams, dislocations, defects and microstructure in metals.  Research is pursued using classical and quantum models of materials and in close collaboration with experimentalists.

Laurence D Marks

Professor Laurence D. Marks, Ph.D. is a Professor of Materials Science
and Engineering at Northwestern University. His most highly cited work
is the discovery of a type of nanoparticle which has become known as
the Marks Decahedron. He pioneered the use of HREM to study the structure of nanoparticles, the profile imaging method for surfaces, the use of direct methods for surfaces with either electron or x-ray diffraction data, in-situ methods for tribology inside electron microscopes, fast methods of obtaining optical and structural measurements from single nanoparticles and most recently a new class of fixed-point algorithms for DFT calculations. His research interests include transmission electron microscopy, density functional theory methods, direct methods for inversion of diffraction data, surface science particularly of oxides, tribology and hip replacements as well as nanoparticle structure, growth and plasmonic properties. He is the author or co-author of approximately 310 refereed publications


Joachim Mayer

Joachim Mayer received his diploma degree in Physics from the University of Stuttgart, and his Ph. D. in Physics at the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany.  After completing his Ph. D. in 1988, he joined the Materials Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a postdoctoral research associate.  In 1990, he moved back to the Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, where he worked as a research scientist and Group Leader ‘Analytical Electron Microscopy’ in the department of Prof. Manfred Rühle. In 1999 he moved to RWTH Aachen University to become Professor and Head of the Central Facility for Electron Microscopy of RWTH Aachen.  In 2004, he received a co-appointment as one of the two directors of the newly founded Ernst Ruska-Centre, a German national user facility jointly founded by the Research Centre Juelich and RWTH Aachen University. His research focuses on the application of new methods in electron microscopy in the areas of materials science, nanoelectronics and energy systems. 

Boaz Pokroy


Gunther Richter

Dr. Gunther Richter heads the thin film laboratory of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems Stuttgart. He received his physics degree at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg in 1996 and his Ph.D. in material science from the University of Stuttgart in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research Stuttgart in 2000. His research interests are on the field of quantitative thin film deposition and microstructure-properties relationships. He is employing physical vapor deposition and transmission electron microscopy. Recently his group is working on the bottom-up formation of nanostructures, especially one-dimensional nanowhiskers. 

Daniel Rittel

D. Rittel holds a PhD in Materials Science (1988) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After 2 postdoctoral years at Yale University working on the fracture of tungsten base heavy alloys, he spent 3.5 years at Ecole Polytechnique (Solid Mechanics Laboratory, France), working on experimental dynamic fracture mechanics. He then joined Technion (Mechanical Engineering) in 1994, where he founded the Dynamic Fracture Laboratory.

As of today, D. Rittel holds the Zandman Chair in Experimental Mechanics and heads the Materials Mechanics Center. He is also the Deputy Senior Vice President  of Technion.

D. Rittel was the Clark B. Millikan Visiting Professor in Aeronautics (2007) at Caltech, and incumbent of a Catedra de Excellencia at UC3M (Madrid) in 2012. He is a Fellow of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).

Throughout the years, D. Rittel has has developed expertise in the many aspects of dynamic failure, including fracture mechanics, constitutive behavior, dynamic failure mechanisms and numerical modeling.

D. Rittel’s interest is in the thermomechanics and physics of dynamic failure, with regard to dynamic fragmentation, fracture, adiabatic shear banding and hysteretic heating. As of today, he has co-authored about 120 journal publications.

Dr. Rittel is also Associate Editor of Experimental Mechanics, Mechanics of Materials and the International Journal of Engineering Science.

Daniel Scherson

Daniel Scherson is currently the Frank Hovorka Professor of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Director of the Ernest B. Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences, and 2nd Vicepresident of the Electrochemical Society. He received a Licenciado in Chemistry degree at the University of Chile in 1974 and his Ph.D in Chemistry from University of California, Davis, in 1979. Subsequently, he was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and at Case Western Reserve University. He received the Vittorio de Nora - Diamond Shamrock Postdoctoral Fellowship , a Max Planck Gesellschaft Fellowship, a IBM Faculty Development Award, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, a David C. Grahame Award of the Physical Electrochemistry Division of ECS, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellowship Award , a Faraday Medal of the Electrochemistry Groups of the Royal Chemical Society, a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Travel Fellowship and was named Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. He has been Editor of the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Chair of the Gordon Conference in Electrochemistry, Chair of ACS Regional Meeting, Cleveland, Chair of the Electrified Interfaces Conference, New York State, Chair of the Battery Division and the Physical Electrochemistry Division of the Electrochemical Society. He has published over 240 papers in refereed Journals and has been awarded 7 patents. His major interests are in the areas of experimental and theoretical aspects of electrocatalysis, energy conversion and energy storage and in-situ and ex-situ spectroscopic techniques for the study of solid-liquid interfaces.

Hanoch Senderovitz

Professor Hanoch Senderowitz received his Ph.D. in computational organic chemistry from Tel-Aviv University in 1993.  His main research focused on steric and stereoelectronic effects, their mutual interplay and their influence on structure and reactivity in organic compounds. Between 1993 and 1997 he was a Post Doctorate Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University where he worked on the development of new simulation techniques and on the development and QM-based parameterized of carbohydrate force fields. Between 1997 and 2008 Prof. Senderowitz held several industrial positions first at Peptor Ltd., where he worked on modeling aspects related to the development of peptide-based drugs and latter at EPIX Pharmaceutical where he worked of drugs targeting GPCRs and ion channels. 

In 2009 Prof. Senderowitz joined the Department of Chemistry at Bar Ilan University as an associate professor. Prof. Senderowitz heads the laboratory of molecular modeling and chemoinformatics. A focal point of his research is the development of new data-mining techniques which he applies to multiple projects both in the fields of computer aided drug design and in material sciences.

Alejandro Sosnik

Dr. Sosnik received his pharmacy degree (University of Buenos Aires) in 1994 and a Ph.D. in applied chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Cohn (Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) in 2003. Then, he spent a postdoctoral in the laboratory of Prof. Michael Sefton (2003-2006, University of Toronto). In 2006, Dr. Sosnik was appointed Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry (University of Buenos Aires) and Investigator (National Science Research Council, Argentina). Alejandro is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials, and book chapters and coinventor in 6 patents and patent applications. He is a Visiting Professor at the National University of Colombia, the University of Santiago de Compostela, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (South Africa), National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Fundació Sant Joan de Déu. He established and coordinated the “Iberoamerican Network of New Materials for the Design of Advanced Drug Delivery Systems in Diseases of High Socioeconomic Impact” of the CYTED Program. Dr. Sosnik has recently joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of Technion as Associate Professor. His main research interests are oriented to the exploration of biomaterials and pharmaceutical materials science for drug delivery in HIV, tuberculosis, cancer and diseases of the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract.

Nir Tessler

Professor Nir Tessler received his B.Sc. summa cum laude from the Electrical Engineering department, Technion Israel Institute of Technology at 1989. In 1995 he submitted his D.Sc. dissertation on carrier dynamics in ultrafast III-V lasers. At the end of 1995 he changed field and with the generous help of the Rothschild fellowship he joined the group of Professor Sir Richard Friend at the Cavendish. In 1996 he published the first optically pumped conjugated polymer laser which served for outsiders to the field of organics (like himself at the time) as indicator that organics are posed to have global importance. After “falling in love” with organic optoelectronics he strived to contribute to the understanding that organics can be used in numerous applications where the latest examples were of polymer based LEDs emitting at telecom wavelengths (Science, 2002) and new field effect transistor structure (patented, 2007). On 1999 he joined the Technion as a faculty member where his research group is studying new materials, device design and analysis, and charge transport and related phenomena in disordered amorphous materials based devices.

Richard Todd

Richard Todd is Professor of Materials at the University of Oxford and Goldsmiths’ Fellow in Materials Science at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.  Prof. Todd is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the European Ceramic Society,  ranked as the top ceramics journal by Thomson-Reuters, and has been Guest Editor and an Editorial Board Member for several other international journals. He is a present or past member of many committees and advisory boards for industrial organisations and conference series, the Institute of Materials and the European Ceramic Society. He has organised or co-organised 11 major conferences and symposia and has been the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the ICSAM international conference series on superplasticity.

Prof Todd has over 100 publications to his name including 7 book chapters and in addition has 5 patents granted or under consideration.  He was the winner of the Pfeil Award of the Institute of Materials for published work in ceramics in 2001 and was awarded the Verulam Medal and Prize of the IoM3 in 2012 in recognition of distinguished contributions to ceramics. He was elected a Fellow of the European Ceramic Society in 2013.

He has given 67 keynote/plenary, invited talks and seminars, mostly at international conferences. His research interests revolve around the mechanical behaviour of ceramics and metals but focus especially on the behaviour of novel micro- and nano-structures and include the processing and microstructural development of such materials.

Prof Todd began his academic studies with an entrance scholarship to Cambridge University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science. After a spell in industry he returned to academia to take his Doctorate with a Carreras Senior Scholarship at Oxford University. Following a Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford and an academic position at Manchester University, he returned to Oxford in 1999 to take up his present positions. He has previously been the Director of the Oxford Centre for Advanced Materials and Composites.

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