The Wolf Prize laureates

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Olga Neuwirth

Wolf Prize Laureate in Music 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Stevie Wonder

Wolf Prize Laureate in Music 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Leslie Leiserowitz

Wolf Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Meir Lahav

Wolf Prize Laureate in Chemistry 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Giorgio Parisi

Wolf Prize Laureate in Physics 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Adrian Krainer

Wolf Prize Laureate in Medicine 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Lynne Elizabeth Maquat

Wolf Prize Laureate in Medicine 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Joan Steitz

Wolf Prize Laureate in Medicine 2021

The 2021 wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to:

Professor Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz, Lynne Maquat and Adrian Krainer for fundamental discoveries in RNA biology that have the potential to better human lives. They have made ground-breaking discoveries in RNA regulatory mechanisms demonstrating that RNA is not a passive template between DNA and protein, but rather plays a dominant role in regulating and diversifying gene expression.

The 2021 Wolf prize in Medicine is awarded to Joan Steitz for ground-breaking discoveries on RNA processing and its function.

Our DNA carries the instructions to manufacture all the proteins needed by a cell. After each gene is copied from DNA into RNA, the RNA message is “spliced” – a process involving precise cutting and pasting. Steitz has studied RNA since the 1960s and was the first to describe the translation initiation sites of prokaryotic RNA in 1969. She turned her attention to eukaryotic cells, focusing on why eukaryotic cells produce an excess of RNA in the nucleus that is not found in cytoplasm in the form of mRNA. Steitz demonstrated that ribosomes use complementary base pairing to start translating mRNA. She discovered snRNPs )small nuclear ribonucleoproteins(- small non-coding RNAs that are crucial for splicing of mRNA. Teaching and mentoring young scientists and advocating for women in science has also been a hallmark of Steitz’s career. Joan Steitz is awarded the Wolf Prize for her many fundamental contributions to the field of RNA biology. In particular, she discovered the critical roles of small non-coding RNAs in the splicing of pre-mRNAs and the biogenesis of ribosomal RNA, and elucidated biochemical mechanisms that regulate RNA stability in eukaryotic cells. Her pioneering discoveries have laid the foundations to much of the subsequent research on RNA splicing.  

Prizes and scholarships laureates

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Karam Natour

Kiefer Prize Laureate– 2020

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Schraga Schwartz

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Weizmann Institute of Scienc

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Kfir Blum

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Weizmann Institute of Science

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Tomer Michaeli

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yuval Filmus

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Meirav Zehavi

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Ben Gurion University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Idan Hod

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Adam Teman

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Bar-Ilan University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yasmine Meroz

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Tel Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yakir Hadad

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
Tel Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yonit Hochberg

Winner of Krill Prize 2020
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Itzhak Tamo

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Tel-Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Amit Sever

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Tel-Aviv University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Meital Landau

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Charles E. Diesendruck

Krill Prize 2018
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Yakov Babichenko

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Technion

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Ayelet Erez

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Weismann Institute

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

Adi Salomon

Krill Prize Laureate 2018
Bar-Ilan University

Adi Salomon

light matter interaction at the nanoscale

Energy transfer processes between light and molecules and among molecules themselves play important roles in nature, with photosynthesis probably being the best-known example. In my laboratory at the Bar-Ilan Nanocenter, we study such light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, focusing on organic molecules. To do so, we use metallic nanostructures to concentrate the light energy. Surface-plasmons, light-driven, collective oscillations of the metal’s free electrons, allow tuning, enhancing and confining the electromagnetic field to a tiny, sub-wavelength volume. In this context, the overall goal of my wosrk is to modify molecules using plasmonic modes as a photonic environment, or even as a ‘photonic catalyst’.

Having this goal in mind, we have developed during the last four years metallic systems with unique properties. These systems are composed either of well-defined metallic nanostructures, or, more recently, of a large-scale nanoporous metallic network. Both of these systems are different from conventional plasmonic devices, and they are complementary to each other in many aspects. The nanofabricated surfaces we produce are like an artificial leaf, on which the light energy can be funneled to a desired ‘reaction center’. We use this confined light as a ‘photonic reagent’, which opens new photochemical reaction channels, or which modifies the potential energy barrier along a given reaction coordinate and thus enhances or inhibits a specific reaction channel. The idea here is to open new routes for photochemical reactions on surfaces by controlling the electromagnetic-field properties at the metal surface.

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