Prof. Uri Banin
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
Uri Banin is holding the Alfred & Erica Larisch Memorial Chair in Solar Energy at the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU). Prof. Banin was the founding director of the Harvey M. Kreuger Family Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2001-2010). He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics and Chemistry from HU in 1989 (Summa Cum Laude), and completed his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at HU in 1994 working on femtochemistry (Cum Laude, advisor Prof. S. Ruhman). He then moved to the University of California at Berkeley to work for three years with Professor Paul Alivisatos as a postdoctoral fellow, studying the chemistry and physics of semiconductor nanocrystals. Dr. Banin joined the faculty of the Institute of Chemistry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997, became an Associate Professor in 2001 and full professor in 2005. He led the program, of the nanoscience initiative at the Hebrew University, in the frame of the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (2007-2010). Banin served on the University's Executive Committee and on its board of managers. He served as a member of the board of Yissum (technology transfer company of HU), served on the scientific advisory board of Nanosys, and served on the editorial board of the journal Nanotechnology. Banin was a member of the Maidan Committee on nanotechnology in Israel (2002). In 2009 Banin was the scientific founder of Qlight Nanotech, a start-up company based on his inventions and developing the use of nanocrystals in display and lighting applications. His distinctions include the Rothschild postdoctoral fellowship (1994-1995), and a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship (1994-1996). Banin was awarded the Alon fellowship for young faculty from the Israeli board of higher education (1997-2000), received the Yoram Ben-Porat prize from The Hebrew University (2000), was awarded the Israel Chemical Society prize for a young scientist (2001), and is a recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award (2007-2010). He received the European Research Council (ERC) advanced investigator grant, to perform research on doping, charge and energy transfer in hybrid nanocrystal systems (2010-2015). Banin's research focuses on nanoscience and nanotechnology of nanocrystals. He authored over 140 scientific publications in this field that have been extensively cited, and impacted various areas of science and technology of nanocrystals.
Some highlights of Banin's research on nanocrystals include the demonstration of the artificial atom character in quantum dots (cooperation with Prof. Oded Millo, Nature 1999), the development of nanocrystals with bright emission in the near-infrared (Journal of the American Chemical Society 2000) and their incorporation in polymer-nanocrystal light emitting diodes (cooperation with Prof. Nir Tessler, Science 2002), the synthesis of III-V semiconductor colloidal quantum rods (Nature Materials 2003), and the universal role of acoustic phonons in quantum dots emission (Physical Review Letters 2009). In 2004 Banin and his co-workers reported on the selective growth of gold tips onto semiconductor nanocrystals (Science 2004, Nature Materials 2005) and in recent years he has focused his work on hybrid nanoparticles combining disparate materials. Such nanoparticles manifest unique combined and often synergetic properties originating from the unusual combination of materials, and exhibit potential for use in harvesting solar energy, optics, electro-optics and biological labeling. Recently Banin and his team discovered a new form of hybrid nanocages (Nature Materials 2010), and developed heavily doped semiconductor nanocrystals that open a path for electronic, optoelectronic and solar cell devices based on colloidal quantum dots (Science 2011).
More information is available at the Banin group site.