Assoc. Prof. Maytal Caspary Toroker

  • B.A. 2004, summa cum laude, Molecular Biochemistry (Technion)
  • Ph.D. 2009, direct-track, Chemistry (Technion)

Maytal Caspary Toroker received her BA degree in molecular biochemistry (2004) and a direct-track PhD degree in theoretical chemistry (2009) at the Technion. After a postdoctoral period at Princeton University funded by the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship from the European Union FP7 (2010-2013) program, she joined the Department of Materials Science in 2013 and is an Associate Professor since 2019. She received several awards for excellence, including International Association of Advanced Materials Award (IAAM-2015), L’Oréal-Unesco-Israel Award (2010), New England Fund (2009), Sara Lee Schupf Post-Doctoral Award (2008/9), and the Levi Eshcol Scholarship (2007-9).

We use computational and theoretical tools to study metals and semiconducting materials. Using quantum mechanics, several material properties are characterized, including structure, electronic conductivity, and magnetism. Specifically, metal-oxide materials are optimized as materials that are able to better absorb solar energy and convert energy and chemicals into electricity and fuels. Applications include several energy converting devices, including photovoltaics and photoelectrochemical cells.

  • Renewable energy sources. Photovoltaic solar cells based on metal-oxide semiconductors for producing electricity.
  • Energy conversion. Solid oxide fuel cells.
  • Alternative Fuels. Photoelectrochemical cells based on metal oxide electrodes that can split water and reduce carbon dioxide in order to produce hydrogen and other fuels.
  • Metal oxide surfaces and interfaces.
  • Interfaces between metals and oxides.
  • Material surface chemical activity.
  • Developing methods for modeling electronic structure and charge transport across interfaces.