Research Groups

Solid State Thermodynamics Group

Solid State Thermodynamics

Group Leader: Prof. Eugen Rabkin

Solid State Thermodynamics Group is located in Materials Science & Engineering Faculty in Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), which is located in Haifa, northern Israel. Our Group is focused on studying  the thermodynamics and kinetics of nanostructured and interface-dominated materials, and on exploring the mechanical properties of materials on the nanoscale.

Thermoelectric Materials Group

Thermoelectric Materials Group

Group Leader: Asst. Prof. Yaron Amouyal

Thermoelectric (TE) devices are able to convert heat flux into electrical power and are, therefore, of utmost technological importance. Our goal is to manipulate the microstructure of TE materials to optimize their conversion efficiency. We process both single-phase TE materials with different solid-solution forming elements and two-phase TE alloys comprising matrix and precipitates, supplemented by ab-initio calculations as guidelines for the design process. Employing advanced characterization techniques, we analyze the materials structure and chemistry down to the nanometer length-scale, as well as their TE properties. This enables us drawing the correlation between the microstructure and TE performance of materials.

Computational Group

Computational Group

Group Leader:  Prof. Maytal Caspary Toroker

Computational materials Group is located in Materials Science & Engineering Faculty in Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), which is located in Haifa, northern Israel. Our Group is focused on studying computational methods and applications to material science, particularly in energy-related areas.

Bio-Inspired Surface Engineering and Biomineralization Lab

Bio-inspired Surface Engineering

Group Leader: Assoc. Prof. Boaz Pokroy

In the Pokroy lab these hybrid interfaces are investigated both in biological systems as well as in biomimetic systems. We aim at studying the basic principles that control the formation and growth of biominerals from the atomic to the macro scales and to utilize these principles to engineer bio-inspired smart surfaces and hybrid materials.

Metal-Ceramic Interface Group

Metal-Ceramic Interface

Group Leader: Prof. Wayne D. Kaplan

The issue of metal-ceramic interfaces is being explored through three interconnected topics. In the first, wetting of ceramics by metals (both liquid and solid) are explored. This is conducted using the sessile drop technique for liquids on solids, and Winterbottom analysis to determine the energy of solid-solid interfaces. The second topic related to metal-ceramic interfaces deals with processing of ceramic matrix composites and ceramic-metal and ceramic-ceramic joins , where data from wetting experiments is used as the basis for process design. Finally, in-depth electron microscopy of the interfaces formed from the wetting and joining processes is conducted. Major issues include the formation of equilibrium films at metal-ceramic interfaces. Emphasis is placed on analysis of the atomistic structure and chemistry of the same interfaces for which the interface energy is determined.  A description of the major methodologies and systems under study is given below.

Macromolecular Materials Group

Macromolecular Materials

Group Leader: Prof. Michael S. Silverstein

Macromolecules are extraordinarily large molecules based upon the assembly of smaller structural units. Synthetic polymers such as Nylon, Teflon, and Kevlar are long chain-like macromolecular assemblies in the form of amorphous random coils or ordered crystalline blocks. The focus of the Macromolecular Materials Laboratory is the design, synthesis, and development of novel macromolecular systems with unique properties. The relationships between synthesis, structure, processing, and properties are investigated through in-depth characterization on the molecular, nanometer, and micrometer scales using a combination of microscopy, spectroscopy, scattering, and thermal analysis. Recent research has focused on emulsion-templated porous systems with potential for drug delivery, tissue engineering, sustainable energy, water purification, and smart material applications.

Electronic Materials Group

Electronic Materials

Group Leader: Prof. Moshe Eizenberg

Prof. Eizenberg has carried out research in diverse areas of materials, including semiconductors, metal surfaces and thin films, and dielectric thin films, with the aim of correlating physical properties such as structure and composition with electrical properties. His recent research focuses on interconnects and metallization technologies (front-end and back-end) for Si microelectronic devices.


Electroceramic materials & Devices (EMD)

emd_logoGroup Leader: Prof. Avner Rothschild

Electroceramic materials and in particular metal oxides display a rich array of multifunctional properties that give rise to a wide range of applications in electronic, optoelectronic and electrochemical devices such as memories, sensors and actuators, transparent electrodes, photocatalysts, solar cells, fuel cells and batteries.The rich phenomena found in metal oxides arise, in large part, from having oxygen in the ionic bonds forming their crystalline structure.


Nano-Dielectrics Group

Group Leader: Assoc. Prof. Shlomo Berger

dielectric_measurementsThe group studies nano-ferroelectric domains. The main research objective is to fabricate an array of single nano-domains having uniform size, uniform crystallographic and polarization directions, where each nano-domain can serve as a nano-memory, nano-detector, nano-sensor or nano-actuator. The nano-domains are grown from the liquid phase in nano-pores made of a linear dielectric material. The domains are formed in either thin films or nanometer size pores.  Their microstructure, composition, crystallographic orientation and size are controlled by the nucleation and growth parameters.  The ferroelectric, pyroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of the nano-domains are characterized.


Organic and Hybrid Materials and Devices

Organic & Hybrid Materials

Group Leader: Prof. Gitti L. Frey

Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Nanomaterial science

Laboratory of Pharmaceutical

 Laboratory Head: Prof. Alejandro Sosnik

Corrosion and Applied Electrochemistry Group

CAE groupGroup Leader: Prof. Yair Ein-Eli

The Corrosion and Applied Electrochemistry Group is located in Materials Engineering Faculty in Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (IIT), which is located in Haifa, northern Israel. Our group has nowadays the only academic research laboratory in the institute engaged exclusively in corrosion and electrochemistry.



 Nano & Quantum Functional Structures

PFMGroup Leader: Asst. Prof. Yachin Ivry

Nano & Quantum Functional Structures group’s main focus is controlling the onset of collective-electron phenomena at the nanoscale, mainly in ferroelectricity and superconductivity. The group seeks to understand these fascinating phenomena scientifically and to facilitate them for next-generation low-power computational technologies and other nano and quantum devices.


Nanoscale Electronic Materials and Devices

Nanoscale Electronic Materials and Devices 150x150Group Leader: Asst. Prof. Elad Koren 

Our Group is focused on studying the correlation between nanoscale material properties and its electronic behavior. We use advanced materials and fabrication techniques to realize novel electronic and opto-electronic devices and we use scanning probe microscopy to both manipulate and characterize these devices under operational conditions.