ICE Issue 9

55 The Israel Chemist and Chemical Engineer Issue 9 · January 2023 · Tevet 5783 Report photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy of cancer and antimicrobial photodynamic therapy. The ISF supported this work. He continues this line and a new project funded by NOFAR, developing fluorescence-based tools for detecting and identifying pathogenic bacteria. Ilia Tutunnikov of the Weizmann Institute received his BSc in Chemistry from Tel Aviv University in 2016 and then started his direct track PhD, supervised by Professors Ilya Averbukh and Yehiam Prior. His experimental work focuses on laser control of chiral molecules and echoes in single quantum systems. His theoretical work has led to the first experimental demonstration of the laser-controlled enantioselective orientation in a gaseous medium. He investigated the echo phenomenon in single vibrationally excited molecules and several other single quantum systems. The enantioselective orientation may pave the way to novel analytical and separation techniques. Ilia received the John F. Kennedy Award of the Weizmann Institute for his outstanding PhD research. Jonathan Tzadikov of the Ben-Gurion University obtained all his degrees from Ben Gurion University, BSc (2016), MSc (2018 cum laude), and PhD under Prof. Menny Shalom. He inserts heteroatoms into carbon networks to fine-tune their electronic, optical, electrochemical, and chemical reactivities. His unprecedented, scalable approach involves molten-state intermediate, using molten precursors, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with various heteroatoms, such as elemental sulfur or ammonia-borane complex. The new materials show promising performance towards electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER), Na-ion, and Li-ion batteries. The 2021 ICS-Uri Golik Prize for an Excellent Graduate Student was awarded to Shahar Dery of the Institute of Chemistry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, for elucidating structure-reactivity correlations at the single nanoparticle level, revealing reactivity patterns for oxidation and hydrogenation reactions. Shahar was born in Jerusalem in 1989. Upon completing his military service, he obtained his BSc (2014) and MSc (2016) from the Hebrew University under Prof. Norman Metanis, working on deselenization of selenocysteine. In 2016, he joined the lab of Prof. Elad Gross at the Hebrew University to study catalytic reactions on the nanoscale. His PhD research focuses on elucidating structurereactivity correlations at the single nanoparticle level using IR nanospectroscopy. By combining specifically-designed model systems and high-spatial-resolution IR measurements, Shahar probed the surface of catalytic nanoparticles following oxidation and hydrogenation reactions. In doing so, invaluable chemical information was obtained, revealing two different reactivity patterns for oxidation and hydrogenation reactions. The fundamental insights gained from his studies may enable The 2021 ICS Prize for an Excellent Graduate Student was awarded to seven excellent students in alphabetical order by the ICS president and a representative of the relevant university: Ran Attias of Bar-Ilan University carries out his PhD work under Prof. Doron Aurbach. He received his BSc in biotechnology engineering in 2015 from Ben-Gurion University and his MSc in chemistry in 2017 from Bar-Ilan University. His work focuses on interfacial phenomena related to charge-transfer processes on the electrode-electrolyte solution interface during the intercalation process of magnesium ions into metal-oxide and metal-sulfide cathodes. Ran published over 20 research papers, 10 of them as the primary author. Subhash Garhwal of the Technion received his BSc (Hons) in chemistry (2015) from the University of Delhi and MSc in organic chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal (2018) with Dr. Joyanta Choudhury. His PhD work at the Technion with Dr. Graham de Ruiter focuses on the design and synthesis of PCNHCP pincer complexes with first-row transition metals, such as iron and cobalt, to catalyze organic transformations, including hydrogen isotope exchange, alkene isomerization, alkyne hydrofunctionalization, and selective C-H activation of aryl ketones, esters, and amides. Qais Jaber of Tel-Aviv University carries out his chemical biology research under Prof. Micha Fridman’s supervision. He obtained his BSc (2016) and MSc (2018) in Chemistry from Tel-Aviv University with high distinction. His research focuses on developing new antifungal agents and novel molecular tools, such as live-cell fluorescent imaging as probes for deciphering the mode of action of fungal pathogens. He published his results in Angewandte Chemie, ACS Chemical Biology, European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, ACS Central Science, ChemBioChem, and Genetics. Efrat Shukrun-Farrell of the Hebrew University works under Prof. Shlomo Magdassi, focused on forming new photopolymerizable pre-ceramic compositions for 3D printing of hybrid and ceramic objects with high geometrical complexity and unique properties. She produced new materials for making organic-silica objects with high silica content at centimeters to micron scale, the first photochemical preparation of low-density ceramic aerogels, and the first 3D printing of ordered-mesoporous silica monoliths. Ebaston Thankarajan of Ariel University has recently completed his PhD under Professors Gary Gellerman and Leonid Patsenker. He has developed a series of fluorescently monitored targeted drug delivery systems, and activatable