Professor Eliezer Gileadi and Professor Abraham Nitzan, Tel Aviv University, Israel, have been awarded the ICS Medal 2014 of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS) for their exceptional contributions to science, education and society. The award was presented during the 80th ICS Annual Meeting on February 17, 2015.
Professor Gileadi (pictured left) established the Gileadi Program, which provided over 500 research positions at Israeli universities to immigrant scientists who came from the former Soviet Union, and was later extended to the Kamea Program. He developed the combined electrosorption isotherm, which provided the first understanding of the effect of molecular size on electrode kinetics. His work also includes the theory of microelectrode assemblies, electro-deposition of active metals in non-aqueous solutions, corrosion in non-aqueous media, and the development of new methods for studying adsorption isotherms using electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) in both gas and liquid phases.
Professor Nitzan (pictured right) has introduced the electromagnetic theory of surface enhanced Raman scattering, then extended it to other processes involving light interacting with adsorbed molecules. He has made pivotal contributions to the understanding of electronic and heat conduction, inelastic and dephasing processes and optical processes in molecular conduction junctions, and elucidated the connection between molecular conduction and molecular electron transfer.
Eliezer Gileadi, born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1932, immigrated to Israel in 1940. He received his B.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and his Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada, under the supervision of Brian Evans Conway in 1963. He joined Tel Aviv University in 1966, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He has been Director of Tel Aviv University’s Gordon Centre for Energy Studies, and a member of the National Council for Higher Education.
Abraham Nitzan, born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1944, received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University under the supersion of Joshua Jortner in 1972. In 1975, he joined Tel Aviv University and since 2003, he serves as Director of the Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies.
Selected Publications by Eliezer Gileadi
- The Effects of pH and Temperature on Electrodeposition of Re–Ir–Ni Coatings from Aqueous Solutions,
Wangping Wu, Noam Eliaz, Eliezer Gileadi,
J. Electrochem. Soc. 2015, 162, D20–D26.
- Electroless Plating of Rhenium–Nickel Alloys,
Alla Duhin, Alexandra Inberg, Noam Eliaz, Eliezer Gileadi,
Electrochim. Acta 2011, 56, 9637–9643.
- Direct Experimental Support for the Catalytic Effect of Iron-Group Metals on Electrodeposition of Rhenium,
Adi Naor, Noam Eliaz, Larisa Burstein, Eliezer Gileadi,
Electrochem. Solid-State Lett. 2010, 13, D91–D93.
Selected Publications by Abraham Nitzan
- Network Analysis of Photovoltaic Energy Conversion,
Mario Einax, Abraham Nitzan,
J. Phys. Chem. C 2014, 118, 27226–27234.
- Nuclear Coupling and Polarization in Molecular Transport Junctions: Beyond Tunneling to Function,
Michael Galperin, Mark A. Ratner, Abraham Nitzan, Alessandro Troisi,
Science 2008, 319, 1056–1060.
- Molecular Transport Junctions: Vibrational Effects,
Michael Galperin, Mark A. Ratner, Abraham Nitzan,
J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 2007,19, 103201.