Prof. Ehud Keinan, President
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Since 2009 Ehud Keinan serves as President of the Israel Chemical Society (third term). He was born (1947) and educated in Israel, married to Hana Keinan with 6 children and 7 grandchildren. B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University (1971), M.Sc. from Ben-Gurion University (with Leon Zalkow, 1972), Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science (with Yehuda Mazur, 1977), postdoc at the University of Wisconsin (with Barry M. Trost, 1977-1980). Keinan holds the Benno Gitter & Ilana Ben-Ami Professor of Chemistry, published over 170 papers, 25 patents and 3 books on biocatalysis with antibodies and with synthetic enzymes, organic synthesis, molecular-computing, supra-molecular chemistry, improvised explosives and drug discovery. He received the New England Award for Academic Excellence, the Shannon Award, the CapCure Award, the Herschel-Rich Award, the Technion Prize for security technologies, the Henri Taub Prize for scientific excellence, and the Schulich Prize for the promotion of Extraordinary Academic Activities. Since 2010 he is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He founded two startup companies based on his technologies. He was the founder and first Head of the Institute of Catalysis Science and Technology (ICST) in the Technion. Since 2009 he serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Israel Journal of Chemistry (Wiley-VCH), Member of the Executive Board of EuCheMS, Chairman of the Advisory Council of High School Chemistry Education and Council Member of the Wolf Foundation. He served as Dean of the Technion Schulich Faculty of Chemistry (2004-2005) and Adjunct Professor at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California (1991-2014).
Dr. Elad Shabtai
VP, Innovation, Development, Research & Registration
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions Ltd.
Elad joined Adama in 1999 as Head of R&D of Agan Aroma and Fine Chemicals. He then went on to serve as COO of Agan Aroma and Fine Chemicals and CEO of Negev Aroma (Ramat Hovav ). Elad then assumed the role of Head of Global Chemical R&D alongside his roles in Aroma. In August 2014 he was appointed as VP of Innovation, Development, Research and Registration.
Elad holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Prof. Haim Cohen
Prof. Haim Cohen was born in 1945. He received his B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science (inorganic physical chemistry). He spent a postdoctoral period in the University of California in Santa Barbara (catalysis). He served as a senior research chemist in the Nuclear Research Center Negev in Dimona until 2004 and since 1991 he is an Adjunct Professor in the Chemistry Department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (where he served as the chairman of the R. Bloch Coal Center For 4 years). In 2004 he became a professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry in Ariel University. He is interested in coal research, environmental studies and radiation chemistry. His main research involves mechanism of chemical reactions (homogeneous and heterogeneous), catalysis, rocket engine fuels and environmental pollution problems.
Prof. Tamar Raz-Nahum
Azrieli - Jerusalem College of Engineering
Prof. Tamar Raz-Nahum received her Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1996. She was a Research Associate at The M.P.Q., Munich, Germany (1997) and a Postdoctoral Researcher at The Fritz Haber Research Center for Molecular Dynamics, the Hebrew University (1998-1999). Tamar was Chair of the Committee for Curriculum Development at Azrieli College of Engineering in parallel since 1996. She was one of the founders of Azrieli College and has been a faculty member since the college was established In 1999. In 2006 she was awarded the title of Professor of Chemistry. Tamar has held a number of academic positions in Azrieli College, including Head of the Unit for Research & Development, Head of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Chair of the Committee for Academic Affairs and, since 2016, Rector of Azrieli College. Her research interests are Molecular reaction dynamics, Information theory and developing and applying advanced technology teaching tools in Chemistry and Physics.
Prof. Meital Reches
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. Meital Reches received her Ph.D in peptide chemistry and self-assembly from Tel Aviv University, in 2007. Between 2007-2010 she was a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. George Whitesides at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University. In 2010, she joined the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2017, she is Professor of Chemistry. Her research focuses on the interactions of biological entities (cell, bacteria, proteins etc.) with solid surfaces. Based on these studies, Prof. Reches developed a coating that resist bacterial adhesion and therefore can prevent infections. Based on this technology, Prof. Reches funded the company NanoAF in 2014. Prof. Reches was awarded with the Kaye Innovation Award of the Hebrew University and the Marie Curie Alumni Association Best Innovator Award.
Prof. Gil Goobes
Dr. Professor Gil Goobes received his BSc at Tel-Aviv University. He completed his MSc and PhD with Professor Shimon Vega in the Chemical Physics Department of the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2002. Following a post-doctorate at the University of Washington with Professors Gary Drobny and Patrick Stayton, he returned to Israel in 2007 and joined Bar-Ilan University faculty where he is heading the solid-state NMR group in the Department of Chemistry. His research interests are in molecular understanding of surfaces and interfaces in biomaterials, advanced materials and energy-related systems. In particular, he is pursuing the activity of special proteins in constructing the excellent biomaterials seen across families of organisms.
Prof. Michael M. Meijler
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Prof. Michael M. Meijler was born in 1970 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He combined studies in chemistry and organic synthesis at the University of Amsterdam with competitive distance running (specializing in 3000 meter steeple-chase). After completing his PhD studies in Bioorganic Chemistry at The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel with Professor Abraham Shanzer, he joined the group of Professor Kim Janda at The Scripps Research Institute in 2002 as a postdoctoral fellow, and from 2005 to 2006 as Assistant Professor. By the end of 2006, he returned to Israel for a faculty position at the Department of Chemistry at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011 and to Full Professor in 2015. His research interests focus on chemical communication within and between species and on developing chemical tools to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that guide these interactions and that regulate the balance between competition and coexistence.
Prof. Doron Shabat
Tel Aviv University
Doron Shabat is a professor of chemistry in School of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University. His research is focused in bioorganic chemistry with particular interests in self-immolative molecular systems, long-wavelength fluorescent dyes and chemiluminescence probes for in vitro and in vivo imaging. He is the recipient of the Juludan Prize for 2005, administered by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the Israel Chemical Society’s Prize (2005) for Outstanding Young Chemists and the Frost Fellowship administrated by The Scripps Research Institute (2012 and 2014). Since 2016, he is holding the Emerico Letay Chair of Chemical Processes.
Dr. Dorit Taitelbaum
Dr. Dorit Taitelbaum completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Bar Ilan University in 1985. She received her Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2009, under the supervision of Prof. Avi Hofstein and Dr. Rachel Mamlok-Naaman, working on Evidence-based chemistry teachers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) during teaching the inquiry approach in the chemistry laboratory. She was a chemistry teacher for more than 20 years, at Shimon Ben Tzvi high school in Givaatayim. Dorit coordinated all chemistry studies at her school for several years, and was also a chemistry mentor for high school teachers around the country. Since July 2011, Dorit is the Chief Inspector of Chemistry studies in Israel at the Ministry of Education. Her main interest is to advance chemistry studies in high school all over Israel.
Dr. Michal Soreni-Harari
Dr. Soreni-Harari completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at the Hebrew university in Jerusalem in 2001. She received her M.Sc. (cum laude) at the department of chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Ehud Keinan and Prof. Yuval Shoham working on DNA based, parallel biomolecular computing machines in 2004. She received her Ph.D. at the Department of electrical engineering under the supervision of Prof. Nir Tessler on interfaces in optoelectronic organic semiconductor devices in 2010.
She joined MAFAT in 2011 working in the field of advanced materials and devices. She is involved in cutting edge technologies in the field of functional materials and devices. Her main interests are responsive surfaces, material sensors, morphing materials, nano-based applications, and active materials for 3D printing.
Dr. David (Didi) Margulies
Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Amnon Albeck
Amnon Albeck completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Bar Ilan University in 1982. He received his Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1988, working at the Department of Organic Chemistry with Prof. Mudi Sheves on visual pigments and related systems. He then spent two years as a Haim Weizmann post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Robert H. Abeles at the Department of Biochemistry, Brandeis University. In 1990, Amnon joined the Department of Chemistry at Bar Ilan University. He became full professor in 2008. He is associated with the Marcus Center for Medicinal Chemistry at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include peptide- and peptidomimetic chemistry, protease catalytic mechanisms and inhibition, drug design, and development of computer-assisted drug design tools. Amnon served as chairman of the Department of Chemistry in 2008-2011, and he is the vice-rector of the university since October 2014.
Prof. Micha Fridman
Prof. Micha Fridman received all his degree in Chemistry from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, including M.Sc. and Ph.D. (2005), under the supervision of Prof. Timor Baasov. After 3 years of post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. Daniel Kahne at the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University (2005-2008) he joined the School of Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University as a Senior Lecturer. In 2016 was promoted to Assoc. Prof. His research focuses on the exploration of novel approaches and concepts for the development of antimicrobial agents. His list of awards includes the Wolf Foundation Award for Excellence for Graduate Student, the ICS Prize for an Excellent Graduate Student, the Rothschild Foundation Fellowship and the Hershel Rich Innovation Award.
Dr. Charles E. Diesendruck
Charles Diesendruck was born in the USA, grew up in Brazil, and emigrated to Israel in 1999. In 2000, he started undergraduate studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and got his B.Sc. in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry in 2003. After serving in the Materials Department of the Israeli Navy, he joined Chemada Fine Chemicals as a project manager. During that time, he returned to Ben-Gurion University and got a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry working under Prof. N. Gabriel Lemcoff. Dr. Diesendruck then became a postdoctoral fellow in materials chemistry at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working at the Autonomous Materials Systems group with Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore. In Oct 2014, Dr. Diesendruck joined the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor. His research interests include polymer chemistry, physics and mechanochemistry, polymer architecture, and the design of new chemical transformations relevant for polymer and materials chemistry.
Mrs. Helene Daniely
Liraz Maanit is the Projects Manager of Ics since 2015, Liraz (34) is married to Chen, mother of 3, lives in Kibbutz Hazorea. Liraz holds an M.A. degree with honors in political science, Haifa University. Her Thesis deals with "Resistance to Organizational Change and Attitudes Toward the Workplace Among Employees of Municipal Authorities in Crisis." Liraz has worked as an Assistant teacher in the political science department, Haifa University. She also worked as a Curriculum Coordinator in the external studies program of the Technion.