Vice-President and Dean for Research & Development - Prof. Moti Herskowitz
Moti Herskowitz, professor of chemical engineering and researcher in the fields of advanced materials, catalysis and multiphase reactors, was appointed as Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development on September 2003. In this position, he is responsible for promoting and facilitating research in all its aspects.
Prof. Herskowitz received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at BGU on 1979 as lecturer and was promoted to Full Professor on 1992.
Prof. Herskowitz has served as the chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He established and became the director of the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development in 1995 leading many of its research programs. He published over 100 papers and 14 patents based on basic and applied research. Prof. Herskowitz has been associated with Exxon (Mobil) Research and Engineering Company for more than 20 years and was a consultant for a number of companies.
The Blechner Center has succeeded, under the leadership of Professor Herskowitz, to attract major funding of over $8,000,000 to build the infrastructure and develop an outstanding expertise. The Center has been playing an important role in the Center of Excellence funded by the Israel Science Foundation on origins of ordering and functionality in meso-structured hybrid materials. New opportunities were uncovered by ordered mesostructured silica (OMS) matrices for stabilizing the guest nanocrystals. High loading of catalytic phases with controlled location were achieved and several chemical functionalities combined in one nano-composite transformed the preparation of advanced catalytic materials. Novel catalytic materials were prepared with high potential for applications. Conditions for proper preparation of host-guest catalytic composites were defined.
Deputy-Vice-President and Dean for R&D - Prof. Dan Blumberg