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The Zuckerberg Institute
for Water Research (ZIWR)

 

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Prof. Noam Weisbrod                    e-mail: weisbrod@bgu.ac.il

Director    


Areas of interest: 

Contaminant transport in the subsurface; vadose zone processes; groundwater salinization in arid environments; colloidal transport and fracture flow.
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Prof. Eilon Adar                                e-mail: eilon@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Groundwater hydrology of arid basins. Deals particularly with Israel's "international" aquifers, their quality and division with Palestinians and other neighboring countries. 
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Dr. Shai Arnon                               e-mail: sarnon@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Biogeochemical processes in streams; stream restoration; Hydroecology; fate and transport of contaminants in the environment
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Dr. Christopher J. Arnusch            e-mail: arnusch@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest:

Molecular recognition, and multivalency effects for prevention of membrane scaling and biofouling and for purification of water and wastewater; Design and characterization of new membrane polymer compositions; Definition of parameters involved in membrane fouling and degradation by accurately controlling the design and composition of polymer layers on membranes; Improvement of membrane chemical stability.
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Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev                        e-mail: barzeeve@bgu.ac.il


Areas of interest:

Hydrogel dynamics in marine and freshwater environments; The role of planktonic bio-aggregates in biochemical cycles; The nexus of desalination and the aquatic environment; Biofouling in membrane module designs, from biofilm formation to innovative cleaning approaches.​

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Dr. Avraham Be'er                           e-mail: beera@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest:

Complex bacterial phenomena; group behavior mechanisms; collective bacterial motion in liquids; swarming motility; competition between sibling colonies; phenotypic switching; colony morphogenesis; bacteriocins; interactions between bacteria and polymeric membranes; particle tracking; superdiffusion; biorheology; biosurfactants; thin biofilms.
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Dr. Anat Bernstein                       e-mail: anatbern@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Biodegradation of organic pollutants in the subsurface; stable isotope methods
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Dr. Roy Bernstein                           e-mail: royber@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest:

The primary goal our laboratory is to investigate and broaden the knowledge and the use of material and polymer science in membrane synthesis for environmental and industrial applications. This will accomplished using a multidisciplinary approach combining chemistry, materials and polymer science, surface science, environmental science and engineering and water treatment technologies.
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Prof. Yoram Cohen                            e-mail: ziwr@bgu.ac.il​

Adjunct Professor

Aread of interest:

Separations processes, membrane technology, transport phenomena, polymer science, surface nano-structuring with polymers, distributed smart water systems, optimization and control of water treatment systems, RO/NF membrane development, membrane process monitoring, environmental impact assessment regarding emerging contaminants and the environmental implications of nanotechnology. 

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Assoc. Prof. Ofer Dahan                e-mail: odahan@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Vadose zone and groundwater hydrology, emphasizing quantitative assessment of water infiltration and groundwater recharge. 
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Dr. Osnat Gillor                              e-mail: gilloro@bgu.ac.il
 
Areas of interest: 

Investigating bacterial produced antibacterial peptides (bacteriocins) which are produced by all major lineages of Bacteria and Archaea. These potent toxins are highly diverse, but they are all ribosomally synthesized, and are active against bacteria closely related to the producing bacteria. Explore the role bacteriocin play in microbial communities. 
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Assoc. Prof. Jack Gilron                  e-mail: jgilron@bgu.ac.il 

Desalination Dept. Head 

Areas of interest: 

Membrane processes for treating water (particularly in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis) and in treating desalination brines. 
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Ass. Prof. Amit Gross                   e-mail: amgross@bgu.ac.il​

Hydrology Dept. Head  

Areas of interest: 

Efficient use of marginal water, remediation techniques, and the environmental risks associated with contaminated water resources (i.e. agriculture effluents, wastewater, contaminated groundwater). 
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Assoc. Prof. Moshe Herzberg         e-mail: herzberg@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Biofouling of pressure driven membranes; initial stages of bacterial biofilm formation (adhesion and irreversible attachment); biofilm reactors; mass transfer in biofilms.
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Dr. Roni Kasher                              e-mail: kasher@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Synthesis and characterization of novel nano-filtration and reverse-osmosis membranes for water desalination and treatment; peptide synthesis, peptide chemistry and biologically active peptides. 
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Dr. Yair Kaufman                      e-mail: yairkau@post.bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest:

Interfacial science; surface wetting and the effect of micro and nano texture; biomimetic membranes; development of new features for atomic force microscopy (AFM).​

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Assoc. Prof. Ali Nejidat                     e-mail: alineji@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 

Biochemistry and molecular genetics of microorganisms capable of degrading individual or groups of toxic compounds, in particular the ecophysiology and molecular genetics of chemolithotrophic nitrifying bacteria. 
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Prof. Daniel Ronen                      e-mail: danronen@bgu.ac.il

Adjunct Professor

Areas of interest:

Hydrogeologist specializing in hydrochemistry; groundwater research and groundwater quality monitoring. Study of cause-effect processes such as the impact of reutilization of sewage effluents on the quality of groundwater.
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Assoc. Prof. Zeev Ronen               e-mail: zeevrone@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest:

Bio-remediation of wastewater and bio-degradation of organic pollutants in aquifer water. Includes research at Ramat- Hovav. 
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Dr. Hagar Siebner                                 e-mail: siebner@bgu.ac.il​


Areas of interest:

Speciation and behavior of contaminants and nutrients in the unsaturated zone; change of speciation at specific interfaces, due to surface reactivity and/or biological activity.
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Assoc. Prof. Alexander Yakirevich      e-mail: alexy@bgu.ac.il​

Areas of interest: 

Modeling of water flow and contaminant transport in soils and groundwater. Areas of investigation include the Israeli coastal aquifer (Gaza aquifer in collaboration with Palestinians), and aquifers in Central Asian Republics (in collaboration with researchers from Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan).
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Prof. Yossi Yechieli, Adjunct Professor 

Areas of interest:

Seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers; Estimation of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD); Formation of sinkholes in the Dead Sea area ; Geochemical and hydrological process in the fresh-saline water interface; The interrelation between saline lakes and groundwater in their vicinity; Dating of groundwater. 
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Dr. Sofia Belfer                                  e-mail: sbelfer@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Preparation and application of reactive polymers. Involved in projects related to membrane technology and the synthesis of selective ion-exchange resins and the applications of both technologies to different separation processes 
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Prof. Arie S. Issar, Emeritus    e-mail: issar@exchange.bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Prof. Issar’s current research focuses on the impact of climate change on the hydrological cycle and socio-economic systems to enable the development of conceptual models in order to mitigate the negative impact of global change. 
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Dr. Drora Kaplan                               e-mail: droraka@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Microbial aspects of water pollution; developing cost-effective and feasible biotechnologies for removing pollutants from water; the biological processes leading to removal and or detoxification of toxic heavy metals from contaminated wastewater by microalgae; the effect of global change, mainly the effect of increasing CO2 concentration on vegetation, using Azolla-Anabaena symbiosis as a model system. 
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Dr. Emanuel Korngold                     e-mail: korngold@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Ion-exchange: ion-exchange properties, selectivity, special uses, wastewater treatment; membranes: permselective membranes for electrodialysis properties and special uses; electrodialysis: pretreatment and operation; pervaporation; ion-exchange hollow fibers. 
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Dr. Charles Linder                              e-mail: linderc@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Unique ordered ion-exchange membranes for fuel cells and electrodialysis; nanofiltration and reverse osmosis for water treatment and desalination; novel vesicles for targeted controlled release for the treatment of CNS diseases; micro-encapsulation of biologically active agents; development of sulfate permeable asymmetric mosaic membranes for nanofiltration; improved chemically stable nanofiltration. 
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Dr. Rami Messalem                            e-mail: rami@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Membrane processes for treating municipal and industrial wastewater (particularly in ultra-filtration and micro-filtration, as well as reverse osmosis) and in pre-treating sea-water for desalination; membrane characterization and autopsy of membranes; synthesis of ion-exchange membranes; new stacks for electrodialysis. 
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Prof. Yoram Oren, Emeritus             e-mail: yoramo@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Electrically driven membrane separations: electrodialysis, capacitive deionization; transport phenomena in membranes for water treatment; fouling mechanisms of membranes; membrane characterization by electrochemical methods. 
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Prof. Gideon Oron, Emeritus                  e-mail: gidi@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Low quality water treatment and reclamation, membrane technology for wastewater treatment, membrane bioreactors for waste treatment and reuse, management modeling and optimization of water resources and environmental systems, irrigation, sustainable development, aquaculture for wastewater treatment and reuse, reliability of treatment and reuse of low quality water systems. 
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Dr. Ines Soares                                  e-mail: soares@bgu.ac.il

Areas of interest: 


Denitrification of groundwater and of desalination brines; wastewater treatment; constructed wetlands; diversity of soil Bacteria and Archaea. 
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Prof. Shaul Sorek, Emeritus                  e-mail: sorek@bgu.ac.il​


Areas of interest: 

Theoretical and numerical models of mechanics and transport phenomena for porous/fractured media; Decision Support Systems for modeling water management.
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