For groundbreaking theoretical and experimental contributions to solid state NMR; in particular for the elucidation of multiple quantum spectroscopy, dynamic nuclear polarization and the unique Floquet analysis.
For his pioneering contributions to silicon chemistry, both theoretical and experimental, for his leading role in establishing computational chemistry as a powerful research tool, and for his outstanding academic leadership.
For his revolutionary contributions to the Valence Bond theory, and for establishing new concepts in chemical bonding and chemical reactivity, ranging from small molecules to bioinorganic systems and metallo-enzymatic reaction mechanisms.
For his pioneering work on transition metal-mediated processes includes the activation and functionalization of normally inert chemical bonds, has provided fundamental insight into catalytic reaction mechanisms, and has enabled the design of novel chemical transformations of great synthetic importance.
For comprehensive deciphering the mechanisms of important chemical reactions and for characterizing reactive intermediates, thus equipping organic chemists with tools for better controlling their reactions; for significantly advancing the Israeli chemical community through establishing an influential school of physical organic chemistry and by refining the organic chemistry literature.
For his discoveries of the inorganic fullerene-like nanospheres and nanotubes, which represent a new class of nanomaterials, for elucidating their unique properties and for employing them in a broad range of useful applications.
Since joining Tel Aviv University in 1966 he became a recognized leader of the domestic and international electrochemistry communities, educating generations of world-renown electrochemists and influencing the community by his widely used books.
For understanding chemical reactivity on the molecular-scale with special reference to the role of energy and for discovering that the methods of thermodynamics can be applied to nonequilibrium few-atom systems.