Avner Rothschild is a professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the Technion. He studied physics and materials engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and graduated in 2003 with a PhD on metal-oxide gas sensors. After a three-year postdoc at MIT he returned to the Technion as a faculty member at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the head of the Electrochemical Materials & Devices research group. His research focuses on electrochemical and photoelectrochemical materials and devices for water splitting as a means of sustainable production of green hydrogen from renewable energies such as solar and wind. Professor Rothschild is a co-founder of H2Pro, a startup company that develops a transformative water splitting technology for low-cost production of green hydrogen at scale. He was a member of several European consortia and had an ERC consolidator grant on photoelectrochemical water splitting. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2020 he won the 2020 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Global Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation.
- PhD, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 2003
- BSc in Materials Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 1997
- BA in Physics, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 1997
- Full professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2018 – to date)
- Associate professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2012 – 2018)
- Senior lecturer, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2006 – 2012)
- Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003 – 2006)
SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS
- Guy Sella Research Prize in Energy (2021)
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2021)
- The 2020 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Global Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation (2021)
- Hershel Rich Innovation Award (2018)
- Kavli fellow of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences (2017)
- The Henry Taub Prize for Academic Excellence (2017)
- Uzi & Michal Halevy Award for Innovative Applied Engineering (2015)
- Theeman Scholarship, Technion Society of Australia (2012)
- Hershel Rich Innovation Award (2011)
- Yemini Environmental Sciences Fellowship, Wolf Foundation (2008)
- Alon Fellowship, The Council for Higher Education (2007 – 2009)
- Horev Fellow, Technion Leaders in Science and Technology (2006 – 2008)
- Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003 – 2004)
Co-founder and advisor, H2Pro, a start-up company for hydrogen production by water splitting (2018 – to date)
- Solar Cells (318126)
- Solid State Electrochemistry (317000)
- Properties of Electronic Materials (315030)
- Ceramic Materials (314311)
- Introduction to Materials Engineering (314533)
- Clean Energy Technologies (518001)
- Advanced Laboratory in Materials Engineering I & II (315001 & 315002)
- Decoupled photoelectrochemical water splitting system for centralized hydrogen production, Joule (2020, DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2019.12.006).
- Decoupled hydrogen and oxygen evolution by a two-step electrochemical – chemical cycle for efficient overall water splitting, Nature Energy 4, 786–795 (2019).
- The “rust” challenge: On the correlations between electronic structure, excited state dynamics and photoelectrochemical performance of hematite photoanodes for solar water splitting, Advanced Materials 30, 1706577 (2018).
- The spatial collection efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers in photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical cells, Joule 2, 210-224 (2018).
- Two-site H2O2 photo-oxidation on haematite photoanodes, Nature Communications 9, 4060 (2018).
- Film flip and transfer process to enhance light harvesting in ultrathin absorber films on specular back-reflectors, Advanced Materials 30, 1802781 (2018).
- Photoelectrochemical water splitting in separate oxygen and hydrogen cells, Nature Materials 16, 646–651 (2017).
- Beating the efficiency of photovoltaics-powered electrolysis with tandem cell photoelectrolysis, ACS Energy Letters 2, 45-51 (2017).
- Heterogeneous doping to improve the performance of thin film hematite photoanodes for solar water splitting, ACS Energy Letters 1, 827-833 (2016).
- Hybrid bio-photo-electro-chemical cells for solar water splitting, Nature Communications 7, 12552 (2016).
- High solar flux concentration water splitting with hematite (a-Fe2O3) photo-anodes, Advanced Energy Materials 6, 1500817 (2016).
- On the solar to hydrogen conversion efficiency of photoelectrodes for water splitting, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 5, 3330−3334 (2014).
- Identifying champion nanostructures for solar water splitting, Nature Materials 12, 842–849 (2013).
- Resonant light trapping in ultrathin films for water splitting, Nature Materials 12, 158-164 (2013).
- Probing the photoelectrochemical properties of Hematite (a-Fe2O3) electrodes using hydrogen peroxide as a hole scavenger, Energy & Environmental Science 4, 958-964 (2011).
Solid-state electrochemistry; Defect chemistry and transport properties of metal-oxides; semiconducting metal-oxides and their application in electronic and optoelectronic devices; Metal-oxide thin films; Pulsed laser deposition (PLD); Nanostructured materials: gas sensors, photoelectrodes and photocatalysts; Materials and devices for solar energy conversion and storage: photovoltaic and photoelectrochemical solar cells; Nanophotonics: photon management in solar cells, extremely thin absorbers; Materials, processes and systems for hydrogen production: alkaline electrolysis, advanced electrolysis processes, nickel hydroxide based electrodes.