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  • Dr. David Zitoun (left), of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, with members of the French delegation that visited the University

    BIU Nano Makes a Big Hit

    Date: 2010-11-11 Hour: 23:00

    Bar-Ilan University researchers and their scientific advances featured prominently this week at a major international nanotechnology conference held in Tel Aviv.  The conference, NanoIsrael 2010, was sponsored by the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (INNI), an umbrella group that tracks research, development and commercial efforts in the field by Israeli companies and university research centers.  Prof. Arie Zaban, Director of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), served as a co-chair of the conference and chairperson of its Scientific Committee.


    An electronic system of lasers developed by Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, of the School of Engineering and BINA, was among the achievements reported at the conference, which included research presentations by world-class scientists, including Nobel Prize-winning physicist Prof. Andre Geim. Prof. Zalevsky's device can monitor heartbeats, blood pressure, glucose levels, and even record conversations from hundreds of meters away.  The device is receiving widespread attention both in Israel and abroad.  This week the Israel correspondent for Antena 3 (Spanish national television) visited the Bar-Ilan campus to interview Prof. Zalevsky and film a news report about the device, which will be broadcast to up to 70 million viewers in Spanish and Portuguese in the coming days. 


    A range of technologies invented at Bar-Ilan were presented by the Bar-Ilan Research and Development Corporation (BIRAD), the technology transfer arm of the University. Prof. Chaim Sukenik (Incumbent, Edward and Judy Steinberg Chair

    in Nanotechnology, Department of Chemistry, BINA) chaired a panel on Nano Materials and Prof. Shlomo Margel (Department of Chemistry, BINA) chaired a panel on Nano Medicine.  Additional Bar-Ilan University scientists featured at the conference included:  

    ·          Prof. Aharon Gedanken (Dept. of Chemistry, Kanbar Laboratory for Nanomaterials at BINA) delivered a lecture entitled "Hospitals Free of Bacteria – Coating Textiles with Antibacterial Nanoparticles Using Sonochemical Techniques".  Prof. Gedanken's discovery, in which he uses a technique called sonochemistry to develop sterile hospital sheets and robes, was highlighted in an article published this week by the Agence France Presse news agency.

    ·          Prof. Shulamit Michaeli (Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Incumbent, David and Inez Myers Chair in Gene Expression, and BINA), lectured on "The Utilization of Nanoparticles for Gene Silencing from Parasites to Man"

    ·          Prof. Doron Aurbach (Dept. of Chemistry, BINA) lectured on "The Challenges in R&D of Novel Rechargeable Batteries"

    ·          Dr. Yaron Shav-Tal (Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Stern Lebell Family Fellow in Life Science and BINA) lectured on "The Dynamics of P Body/mRNA Transport and Nanoparticle Targeting in Living Human Cells"

    ·          Dr. Rachela Popovtzer (School of Engineering, BINA) lectured on "Molecular CT Imaging of Cancer Using Targeted Gold Nanoparticles"

    ·          Prof. Michael Rosenbluh (Department of Physics, BINA) presented a lecture entitled "When Plasmonics Makes the Nano in Optics Useful and Significant"


    Visiting Bar-Ilan University this week was a delegation of French scientists, businessmen and politicians representing the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Rhone-Alpes region, including the cities of Lyon, St. Etienne and Grenoble.  The group was visiting Israel for the NanoIsrael 2010 conference and expressed particular interest in seeing the new Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Nanotechnology Triplex.  Dr. David Zitoun, returning scientist and member of the BINA Nano Energy and Nano Materials Centers who originally hails from France, greeted the delegation, whose members expressed awe at the Gonda (Goldschmied) Nanotechnology Triplex and the tremendous investment that Bar-Ilan University has made in nanotechnology research.


    Following their tour of the Nano Triplex, the group was met at the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center by Prof. Yoram Louzoun, Head of the Computational Immunology and Network Dynamics Lab, and Prof. Ed Stern, who discussed his work related to Alzheimer's disease. The group was also introduced to the Magneto Encephalograph (MEG), housed in the Gonda Brain Center.  The MEG is a unique apparatus for measuring magnetic fields produced by the brain.  It is the first of its kind in the State of Israel (and in the Middle East).  Only a few dozen MEG units exist throughout the world.