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Science and Technology of Nanocrystals

We study the chemistry, physics and application of nanocrystals. A special focus is given to semiconductor nanocrystals and to hybrid metal-semiconductor nanoparticles.

In this regime, intermediate between a solid and a molecule, fundamental properties depend on size, composition and shape and we control the material to achieve the desired structure and investigate the derived properties. These nanocrystals can potentially be used as building blocks of nanotechnological devices. We are interested in preparation, characterization, and the optical, electrical and electronic properties of nanocrystals and nanorods and in their applications in optics, solar energy, catalysis, electro-optics and biology.

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News and updates:

Learn about Prof. Richard Robinson visit to our lab and his prespective on the future of nanothecnology in Scientific American Israel (Hebrew).

Richard Robinson

Read all about our new research towards artificial retina activated by nanocrystals in Nano Letters , in Sci-Guru and in ScienceDaily.

towards artificial retina

Read our review about properties and applications of colloidal heterostructured nanorods in nanotoday.

colloidal heterostructured nanorods

Read about hybrid semiconductor-metal nanoparticles in our review at Chemistry of Materials.

Online Presentations:

Uri Banin at "30 years of colloidal quantum dots" conference & celebration, Paris ESPCI

Uri Banin explains the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics (In Hebrew)

See Uri Banin's talk in the series: Adavnces in physics in the 21st century (In Hebrew)

Uri Banin on "Globe" (Israeli TV show in Hebrew)

Contact Information :
The Institute of Chemistry and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Givat Ram, Jerusalem, 91904,

Tel: (+972-2-) 65 84515
Fax: (+972-2-) 65 84148