Graduate research topics (by supervisor)

Key: T – theoretical; E – experimental; C – computational; M – Master’s level; D – doctoral level


Bianco-Peled Havazelet

1. Use of smart materials for separation and purification of biological materials

2. Extraction process reverse micelles

3. Structure and crystallization of resistant starch (in cooperation with Dr. Eyal Shimoni, of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering)

4. Characterization of adherence in biological processes (in the framework of a European Union project)

Brandon Shimon

1. Transfer phenomena in crystal growth

2. Heat transfer in radiation of solids and fluids

3. Applying molecular simulation methods in the study of surface phenomena

4. Surface phenomena in crystal growth

5. Combining continuum and discrete analysis methods in transfer phenomena

Brenner Naama

1. Protein division in dividing populations of dividing single cells: Theory of division in a static situation, and in changing and dynamic situations

2. Adaptation of biochemical and neural systems to signals

3. Development and stability of cooperativeness in cell populations; dynamic systems and game theory approaches

4. Dynamics of non-genetic changes in cell populations in a changing environment

Grader Gideon

1. Synthesis of ceramic and metallic nanofibers (exp. MSc/PhD).

2. Synthesis of Transparent conductive oxide films for solar cells (exp. MSc/PhD).

3. Synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous catalysts (exp. MSc/PhD).

4. Ceramics via Sol-Gel processing (exp. MSc/PhD).

5. Energy generation from non-carbon fuels (exp. The. MSc/PhD).

Hossam Haick

1. Diagnosis of disease (e.g., cancer, Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis, and gastric, liver, and kidney diseases) through exhaled breath samples (Experimental; M.Sc./Ph.D).

2. Detection and characterization of volatile biomarkers that are linked with disease states (Experimental; M.Sc./Ph.D).

3. Development and characterization of devices and chemical sensors that are based on nanomaterials (Experimental; M.Sc./Ph.D).

4. Development and characterization of artificial skin (Experimental; Ph.D).

5. Understanding the sensing mechanism of sensors based on silicon nanowires(Experimental; M.Sc./Ph.D).


Cohen Yachin

1. Interactions between polymers carbon nanotubes and characterization of the physical properties of their composites.

2. Processing cellulose from ionic liquid solutions and new materials fabricated accordingly.

3. Phase transformations, microstructure and rheological properties of block copolymer solutions


Levin Daniel

1. The relation between the quality of a process model and the performance of the control system based on this model (T, C, M/D)

2. Control-enabled analysis by use of data in the early stages of process design (T, C, M/D)

3. Nonlinear predictive control model

4. Integrating design process, control process design and Six Sigma for production of non-defective products (T, C, M/D)

5. Automatic production of process models using genetic planning (T. C, E, M/D)

6. System design using genetic algorithms (T, C, M/D)

7. Process oversight using MBPCA/PLS/PCA (T, C, E, M/D)

Lishansky Alexander

1. The dynamics of biological cells in microvessel flow (T, C, E, M/D)

2. Basic activities in microfluidics (T, C, E, M/D)

3. Nano-swimmers in complex fluids (T, C, M/D)

4. Accelerated transfer in colloidal fluids (T, C, M/D)

Marmur Abraham

1. The effect of surfactants on blood cells

2. Removing heavy metals from water

3. The effect of surface characteristics on adherence strength

4. Penetration and diffusion of fluids in a porous transmission medium

5. Foam stability

Paz Yaron

1. Photocatalytic purification of air using systems combining adsorption sites and photocatalytic sites (T, E, M/D)

2. Water treatment using photocatalysis (T, E, M/D)

3. Production and characterization of chemical adsorbent monomolecular semiconductor structures that are not silicon (T, E, M/D)

4. Selective photocatalytic purification (T, E, M/D)

5. Distant sensing using infra-red spectrometry

6. Molecular imprinting

Semiat Raphael

1. Investigation of novel re-mineralization processes for hardening desalinated waters*

2. Inhibition of scale precipitation by friendly biodegradable anti-scalants*

3. Development of a novel process for electrochemical separation of scale forming and heavy metal ions*

4. Development of a dual technique for characterizing the inhibitory effectiveness of anti-scalants

5. Nano adsorbents for removal of contaminants from solutions**

6. Nano particles as catalysts for removal of organic contaminants from solutions (AOP)**

7. Development of separation processes for contaminated solutions**

8. Development of set of crystallizers/evaporators

9. Models development for osmotic processes

*with Prof. Hasson and Dr. Shemer
**with Dr. Shemer


Srebnik Simcha

1. Characterization of ssDNA/SWNT registry

2. Modeling protein-imprinted polymers

3. Statistical characterization of proteins

4. Atomistic studies of inorganic/organic interfaces

Sheintuch Moshe

Catalytic reactor engineering:

1. Microkinetic model of catalytic processes in the production of hydrogen and the accumulation of CO2 (T, D)

2. Hexagonal structures in aluminum oxide anodized thin layers (T, M/D, the experiments will be carried out in industry)

3. Membranous reactions (E, M/D)

4. Predictive catalytic kinetics (T, D)

5. Shape control in physiologic structures (T, D)

Talmon Yeshayahu

1. Mechanisms of mesophase formation (exp. M./D.)

2. Nanostructure and rheology of aqueous an nonaqueous surfactant systems (exp. M./D.)

3. Complex formation of DNA with positively charged lipids or polymers (exp. M./D.)

4. Polymer-surfactant interactions. (exp. M./D.)

5. Characterization of carbon nanotubes solutions in super-acids and the fibers spun from them. (exp. M./D.)

6. Self-aggregtion of block copolymers in solution. (exp. M./D.)

Tsur Yoed

1. Preparing and characterizing nanopowders from a colloidal system (E, T, M)

2. Electrical and mechanical characteristic dependence of electroceramic materials in the preparation method (E, T, M/D)

3. New type of fuel cell (E, T, D)

4. Dependence of dielectric characteristics on the granule size (E, T, M/D)

5. Characterizing the agglomeration strength of nanometric powers (E, T, M/D)


David Hasson (with Prof. Semiat and Dr. Shemer)

1. Investigation of novel re-mineralization processes for hardening desalinated waters

2. Inhibition of scale precipitation by friendly biodegradable anti-scalants

3. Development of a novel process for electrochemical separation of scale forming and heavy metal ions

4. Development of a dual technique for characterizing the inhibitory effectiveness of anti-scalants


Freger Viatcheslav (Slava)

1. Salt transport and exclusion in desalination membranes (T/C, E, M/D)

2. Development of novel nanomaterial-based membranes (E, M/D)

3. Chemical modification of desalination membranes for improved performance (E, M/D)

4. Deposition and adhesion of bacteria to membranes (T/C, E, M/D)

5. Application of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation to membrane research (T/C, D)


Segal-Peretz Tamar

1. Development and characterization of block copolymer membranes

2. In-situ characterization of self-assembly processes using electron microscopy

3. Growth processes of inorganic materials inside polymer films

4. Hybrid and inorganic three-dimensional nanostructures