IVS-2020 Excellence Early-Career Award for Research

IVS-2020 Excellence Early-Career Award for Research

 IVS-IPSTA 2020 - 38th Annual Conference - ONLINE
December 13, 2020

IVS-2020 Excellence Early-Career Award for Research

 

 
IVS-2020 Excellence Early-Career Award for Research
 


Michal Leskes (WIS), Idan Hod (BGU) and Malachi Noked (BIU)

Joint winners of this year’s

IVS Excellence Early-Career Award for Research


 
 

 

 

Michal Leskes is a senior scientist at the department of materials and interfaces at the Weizmann institute of Science. She completed a BSc in chemistry summa cum laude at Tel Aviv University (2004) followed by a PhD in chemical physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2010). She was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, UK (2011-2015). Her research focus is on correlating the structure and properties of energy storage and conversion materials and the development of high sensitivity magnetic resonance approaches for probing the bulk and interface of functional materials. She received the J. F. Kennedy Prize for her PhD (2010), the Award of Excellence by the National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science (2011), a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012-2013), the Yigal Alon fellowship from the Israeli council of higher education (2015-2018), the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR) Anatole Abragam Prize for Outstanding Young Scientists (2019) and an ERC Starting grant (2019).

 

Idan Hod completed his B.Sc and M.Sc (cum laude) studies in the Department of Chemistry at Bar Ilan University, Israel (2008). During his PhD, his research focused on the understanding of the fundamental physical mechanisms of charge transfer processes in Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells (QDSSCs) using photoelectrochemical characterization methods. After a 3-year postdoctoral stint at Northwestern University, IL, USA, he was appointed to the senior faculty of the Chemistry Department at Ben-Gurion University, Israel (2016), where he is currently an associate professor. His research focuses on the development of new hybrid inorganic-organic materials for sustainable energy applications.

 

 

 

Dr. Noked completed his PhD at Bar-Ilan University in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Doron Aurbach. He then carried out his post-doctoral studies as Fulbright Ilan Ramon fellow, at the University of Maryland with international leading ALD and nanostructures experts, Professors Gary Rubloff, and Sang-Bok Lee. In 2016 Dr. Noked joined the Department of Chemistry of Bar-Ilan University and started his independent research career. Dr. Noked established a top-notch laboratory with state-of-the-art vacuum and gas phase synthesis and deposition reactors. Dr. Noked has already won several prestigious awards including the Fulbright and Fulbright Ilan Ramon fellowship for his postdoc, the Alon Fellowship for outstanding young researchers and the Krill Prize awarded by the Wolf Foundation. The Noked lab brought new fields of research to Bar-Ilan, including materials for batteries for medical application, synthesis of hybrid materials thin films by molecular and atomic layer deposition, hybrid inorganic nanostructures with organic enzymes for BPA degradation, and deposition of chiral thin films from gaseous phase. Recent advances in the Noked lab include the development of new processes for thin film deposition on reactive electrode materials, which resulted in many publications. Additionally, Noked established an online electrochemical mass spectroscopy analyzer for in-operando studies of battery degradation.