- Ph.D. – Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2015
- M.Sc. – Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2009
- BSc. – Physics and chemistry (Exact Sciences Program), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007
- 2018-Present: Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Technion, Haifa
- 2015-2018: Rothschild fellow at University of California Berkeley with Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos.
Selected Honors & Awards
- 2017 Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources fellowship.
- 2016 Käte and Franz Wiener Prize (Excellent PhD Thesis Award).
- 2016-2018 California Alliance fellowship.
- 2015-2016 Rothschild fellowship.
- 2014 Best lecture award at the international conference "Fundamental Processes in Semiconductor Nanocrystals” ("nanoGe") Oxford.
- 2013 Ivan Schuller prize for excellence in experimental physics, HU.
- 2013 Faculty scholarship for participation in the global young scientist summit (GYSS-Singapore), HU.
- “The Making and Breaking of Lead-Free Double Perovskite Nanocrystals of Cesium Silver–Bismuth Halide Compositions” Bekenstein*, JC.Dahl*, J.Huang*, WT.Osowiecki, J. Swabeck, EM.Chan, P.Yang, A.P.Alivisatos. Nano Lett. 2018, 18 (6), 3502–3508.
- “Strongly Quantum Confined Colloidal Cesium Tin Iodide Perovskite Nanoplates: Lessons for Reducing Defect Density and Improving Stability”B.Wong*; Y.Bekenstein*; J.Kang; C.S.Kley; D.Kim; NA.Gibson; D.Zhang, Y.Yu; SR Leone;L.W Wang; AP Alivisatos; P. Yang. Nano Lett. 2018, 18 (3), 2060–2066.
- “Ligand Mediated Transformation of Cesium Lead Bromide Perovskite Nanocrystals to Lead Depleted Cs4PbBr6Nanocrystals” Liu, Y.Bekenstein, X. Ye, SC.Nguyen, J.Swabeck, D.Zhang, S.T.Lee, P.Yang, W.Ma, AP.Alivisatos J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2017, 139 (15)
- “Synthesis of Composition Tunable and Highly Luminescent Cesium Lead Halide Nanowires through Anion-Exchange Reactions” Zhang*; Y.Yang*, Y.Bekenstein*, Y.Yu, NA. Gibson, AB.Wong, SW. Eaton, N.Kornienko, Q.Kong, M.Lai, AP.Alivisatos, SR. Leone, P.Yang, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138 (23), 7236.
- “Highly Luminescent Colloidal Nanoplates of Perovskite Cesium Lead Halide and Their Oriented Assemblies.” Bekenstein; BA. Koscher; SW. Eaton; P. Yang; AP.Alivisatos, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137 (51), 16008.
- “Thermal doping by vacancy formation in copper sulfide nanocrystal arrays”Bekenstein, K.Vinokurov, S.Keren-Zur, I. Hadar, Y. Schilt, U. Raviv, O.Millo, U.Banin. Nano Lett. 2014, 14 (3), 1349. (1)
- “Periodic negative differential conductance in a single metallic nanocage”
Bekenstein, K.Vinokurov, TJ.Levy, E.Rabani, U.Banin, O.Millo. Phys. Rev. B 2012, 86 (8), 085431.
- Quantum mechanics and materials for energy
- Light matter interactions in nanomaterials (Beyond Lead Halide Perovskites)
- Machine learning for exploring material properties
- Thermodynamic limits at the nanoscale
- Developing synthetic processes for novel nanomaterials
We are recruiting graduate students for M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degree positions for all our research projects, contact us for details. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your CV to initiate a conversation about opportunities in the group. Undergraduates that are interested in short term projects are also welcome to send their CV’s, Preference will be given to candidates coming from one or more of the following disciplines: Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry and Electrical Engineering. We look forward to hearing from you!