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Efrat Lifshitz
Professor, Technion.

Prof. Efrat Lifshitz, earned a PhD at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. She  did postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan as well as at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. She joined the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in 1990. Prof. Lifshitz holds the Matwei Gunsbuourgh Academic Chair at the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion. She is the recipient of numerous prizes, the most recent among them:  Lectureship speaker, Birkent University, Ankara, Turkey, (2018); Lectureship speaker, ETH, Switzerland, (2016); Israel Vacuum Society Excellence Award for Research(2016); UK-Israel Lectureship Award, Oxford University (2015); Tenne Family Prize in memory of Lea Tenne for Nanoscale Sciences, awarded by the Israel Chemical Society (2015); External Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies (2015). Prof. Lifshitz has published ~ 220 scientific publications including in journals with high ranking peer review, including ACS Nano, Nano Letters, Adv. Mater., PRL, PRB; invited reviews (e.g., Science 2016, Nanoscale 2016, Adv. Func.Matt. 2018); reviewed proceedings; and chapters in books. She has delivered approximately 100 invited talks at top-tier international scientific meetings chiefly during the past decade (for example, MRS, E-MRS, TNT, nanoGe, GRC, QD20xx, NaNaX) and her research has been funded by assorted national agency resources, binational programs and various FP7 and Horizon2020 projects. In addition, she frequently serves on prestigious evaluation committees (ERC Advance Grants, Cost, Wolf Prize, Israel Prize, Rothschild Foundation, and binational programs). Prof. Lifshitz has also been an active partner in the establishment of the Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy Centers at the Technion and has acted as chairman or co-chairman for a variety of national and international scientific meetings. Further details are provided in the attached short CV and the research description. 

Fields of interest and scientific areas:

Prof. Lifshitz's group is among the pioneers who initiated the exciting field of nanomaterials for nanotechnology. The group employs a multifaceted approach for the study of low dimensional semiconductor solids, such as colloidal and spray prepared nanostructures (dots, rods, wires, platelets and polypods) and their corresponding core/shell hetero-structures, single and multi-flake transition metal layered compounds, bulk and nanostructure perovskites and magnetically doped nanostructures. These nanomaterials are of scientific and technological interest due to their tunable electronic properties by variation of size, shape and composition, leading to unique physical properties, un-parallel to the analogous bulk materials. The Lifshitz group has made a notable contribution in the development of new materials, and moreover, in the depth of understanding of the fundamental features which govern the size-related physical properties.  The studies include the investigation of the nature of excitons and multiple excitons, radiative recombination, Auger non-radiative relaxations, Coulomb and exchange interactions, binding energies, diamagnetic shift, Zeeman split, Landé g-factors, spin polarization and the Rashba effect.  The investigations are carried out by following the behavior of spins as a designation for the electronic properties, using complex optical and magneto-optical spectroscopy methodologies, including optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR), thermal and microwave modulated photoluminescence, while monitoring an ensemble or a single nanostructure at variable temperatures, as well as combining microscopy and spectroscopy e.g., confocal/AFM or confocal/ODMR.  The experimental work is corroborated by theoretical modeling, including band structure calculations, spin interactions, Auger processes, in addition to carrier transport via small nanostructure assemblies. The accumulated knowledge is applied to development of prototype nanostructure-based devices, such as solar cells, Q-switch, optical gain device and biological tags. 

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faris horani,
Jun 14, 2018, 9:22 AM