Current Group Members

Yaron Amouyal – Group Leader


B.A. 2001, Physics (Technion)

B.Sc. 2001, Materials Engineering (Technion)

B.Sc. 2003, Materials Engineering (Technion)

De-Jur bldg. room 605, Tel: +972-77-8871915 Fax: +972-4-8295677

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 Andrei Baranovskiy

Andrei BaranovskiyResearch associate

M.Sc. 1999 Solid State Physics (V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University)

Ph. D. 2010 Solid State Physics (B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics and Engineering)

B.Sc Genetic 2013 (V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University)

De-Jur bldg. room 502, Tel: +972-77-8871547

Major research interests

  • Thermoelectric materials;
  • Computational materials science based on the density functional theory (DFT);
  • Rare earth based compounds;
  • Higher borides RB4, RB6 and RB12;
  • Anomalous diamagnetic susceptibility in transition metal compounds.

As a member of the Thermoelectric Materials Group Andrei investigates thermoelectric properties of Ruddlesden-Popper CaO(CaMnO3)m n-type compounds in the framework of the DFT approach. My main efforts are focused on discovering ways of manipulating thermoelectric properties by doping and altering the planar density of CaO/CaMnO3 interfaces.

Selected Publications

  1. A.E.Baranovskiy, G.E.Grechnev, A.S.Panfilov, I.V.Svechkarev, O. Eriksson, Pressure effect on electronic structure and magnetic properties of RM2 compounds, High Pressure Physics and Technics, Vol. 12, No 4, pp.19-24 (December 2002).
  2. A.E. Baranovskiy, G.E. Grechnev, I.V. Svechkarev, O. Eriksson, Electronic structure and magnetic properties of GdM2 compounds, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. Vol. 258-259, No 3, pp. 520-522 (March 2003).
  3. A.E. Baranovskiy, G. E. Grechnev, G. P. Mikitik, I. V. Svechakarev, Anomalous diamagnetism in the intermetallic compounds CaPb3 and YbPb3, Low Temp. Phys. Vol. 29, No 4, pp. 356-358 (April 2003).
  4. A.E. Baranovskiy, G.E. Grechnev, I.V. Svechkarev, V.B. Filippov, N. Yu. Shitsevalova, O.J. Zogal, O.Eriksson, Electronic spectra and magnetic properties of RB6, RB12 and RB2C2 borides, Phys. Stat. Sol. C. Vol. 3 , No 1, pp. 229-232 (January 2006 ).
  5. A.E. Baranovskiy, G.E. Grechnev, I.V. Svechkarev, Features of the electronic spectrum and anomalous magnetism in the compounds YbPb3, YbSn3, CaPb3, and CaSn3, Low Temp. Phys. Vol. 32, No8-9, pp. 849-857 (August 2006).
  6. A.E. Baranovskiy, G. E. Grechnev, A. S. Panfilov, I. V. Svechkarev, O. Żogal, A. Czopnik, A. Hackemer, Anomalous magnetism of YbPb3: the effect of pressure, Low Temp. Phys. Vol. 33, No 12, pp. 1028-1033 (December 2007).
  7. A.E. Baranovskiy, G.E. Grechnev, V.D. Fil, T.V. Ignatova, A.S. Panfilov, I.V. Svechkarev, N. Y. Shitsevalova, V.B. Filippov, O. Eriksson, Electronic structure, bulk and magnetic properties of MB6 and MB12 borides, J. Alloys and Compounds, Vol. 442, No 1-2, pp. 228-230 (September 2007).
  8. G. E. Grechnev, A. E. Baranovskiy, V. D. Fil, T. V. Ignatova, I. G. Kolobov, A. V. Logosha, N. Yu. Shitsevalova, V. B. Filippov, O. Eriksson, Electronic structure and bulk properties of MB6 and MB12 borides, Low Temp. Phys. Vol. 34, No 11, pp. 921-930 (November 2008).
  9. A.E. Baranovskiy, G. E. Grechnev, N. Yu. Shitsevalova, D. N. Sluchanko, V. V. Glushkov, S. V. Demishev, N. E. Sluchanko, Hall effect and magnetic ordering in RB12, Low Temp. Phys. Vol. 35, No 7, pp. 565-568 (July 2009).
  10. A. Baranovskiy, A. Grechnev, Electronic structure and exchange interactions in GdB4 , J. Magn. Magn. Mater. Vol. 375, pp. 96-99 (February 2015).

Ami Azulay

Ami AzulayM.Sc. candidate

De-Jur bldg. room 502

B.Sc. 2012, Chemistry (Technion).


Undergraduate research project: Studying the complexation of a novel molecule to selected metal cations and deriving its binding constant to Hg+2 from fluorescence measurements. Advisor: Dr. Galit Parvari, Prof. E. Keinan’s group.

Research topic: Microstructure evolution and thermal stability of calcium-manganese-oxide based materials for thermoelectric applications.

My research focuses on CaO(CaMnO3)m-based thermoelectric materials, which are stable at high temperatures and relatively inexpensive. We investigate the microstructure evolution and address both kinetic and thermodynamic issues, analyze its reflection on electronic and thermal transport properties, aiming at optimization of the thermoelectric performance.

Ariel Sheskin

Ariel SheskinM.Sc. candidate

B.Sc. 2015 Chemistry (Technion)

B.Sc. 2015, Materials Science & Engineering (Technion)

De-Jur bldg. room 405, +972778721547

Research topic: Defects and interfaces in Ag-alloyed PbTe compounds for thermoelectric applications

My research focuses on formation of Ag2Te precipitates in PbTe-matrix by controlled nucleation and optimization of heat treatments to enhance the TE performance of bulk PbTe.

Gil Solomon

gil solomon

M.Sc. candidate

De-Jur bldg. room 502

B.Sc. 2016, Chemistry (Technion).

Research topic: Rational design of bismuth telluride based compounds for thermoelectric efficiency enhancement.

My research focuses on rational design of Bismuth telluride nanowires (Bi2Te3-NWs) doped with magnetic elements, aimed at increasing their power factor. Bismuth telluride based compounds are a narrow gap layered semiconducting materials that have been recognized as the most important group of thermoelectric materials for power generation and cooling close to room temperature.

Meir-Haim Dahan

Meir-Haim DahanM.Sc. candidate

B.Sc. 2017, Physics (Technion)

B.Sc. 2017, Materials Science & Engineering (Technion)

Research topic: Rational design of led telluride doped with silver for thermoelectric application.

My research focuses on investigation of the diffusion process and its influence on thermoelectric properties by applying DFT calculations and measurements using Thin-Film Technique for tracer diffusion.

Michal Keret Klainer

Michal Keret KlainerM.Sc. candidate

B.Sc. 2013 materials engineering (Ben-Gurion University)

Research topic: Effects of Thermo-Mechanical Heat Treatments on the Microstructure and Thermal Conductance Properties of Ni-Ti-Hf-based Shape Memory Alloys.

Description: My research focuses on effects of thermo-mechanical heat treatments on thermal conductance properties and microstructure of the novel NiTi-20Hf alloy. This alloy features a transition temperature in a range of 120-200 ºC, depending on the nickel concentration and heat treatment conditions. In addition, it has a high yield strength compared to binary NiTi. These properties make it an attractive candidate for high-temperature aerospace actuators.

Aviv Marom

Aviv MaromA B.Sc. Undergraduate Student at the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Technion

 Research Topic: Microstructure, stability and thermoelectric properties of ceramic thermoelectric materials.

Aviv Marom performs a research assistance work related to investigation of CaO(CaMnO3)m– based thermoelectric materials, which are stable at high temperatures and relatively inexpensive. His job involves investigation of microstructure evolution and addresses both kinetic and thermodynamic aspects and their reflection on thermoelectric performance, aiming at optimization of the material’s figure of merit.

Past Group Members

Tom Grossfeld

M.Sc. Student (GTEP), Graduated 2015;

Research Topic investigation of the Microstructure evolution and enhancement of the thermoelectric conversion efficiency of PbTe – based compounds for renewable energy applications.

Elad Joseph

M.Sc. Student (GTEP), Graduated 2015;

Research Topic – A first-principles study of the role of substitutional elements in PbTe – based thermoelectric compounds for renewable energy applications.

Ayelet Graff

M.Sc. Student, Graduated 2015;

Research Topic – Effects of lattice defects on thermoelectric properties of calcium-manganite compounds for energy harvesting applications.

Boris Nijikovsky

PhD, Graduated 2017

Research Topic – Design of Thermoelectric Properties of Ag-Sb-Te (AST)-based Compounds for Energy Conversion.

Ido Koresh

M.Sc. Student, Graduated 2017;

Research Topic: Effects of precipitation on thermal conductivity of Ni-doped thermoelectric (TE) zinc oxide.

Eliran Evenstein

Research Assistant, Laboratory Engineer

Michael Nagli

Research Assistant

Research Topic – Design of Thermoelectric Properties of Ag-Sb-Te (AST)-based Compounds for Energy Conversion.

Gal Bachar

Research Assistant

Research Topic – effects of bismuth alloying on microstructure evolution of Ag2Te precipitates in the thermoelectric compound PbTe.