Prof. Abraham Nitzan

Emeritus in School of Chemistry
ביה"ס לכימיה אמריטוס
Phone: 03-6408904
Fax: 03-6423765
Office: Ornstein - Chemistry, 407


  • Theoretical studies of activation, relaxation and energy transfer processes in molecular systems.

  • Transport phenomena in condensed phases and on surfaces.

  • Theory of chemical reaction rates in condensed phases.

  • Ionic diffusion and conductivity in solid ionic conductors, in polymers and in confined systems.

  • Electromagnetic and electronic interactions in small particles and clusters

  • Theoretical investigations of charge transfer and charge separation phenomena in condensed phases, at interfaces and in nano-junctions.

  • Molecular electronics.

  • Numerical simulations of relaxation and transport processes.

  • Numerical simulations of quantum mechanical processes.


  • B.Sc. Summa cum laude, Chemistry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1961-1964

  • M.Sc. Summa cum laude, Chemistry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1964-1965

  • Ph.D. Summa cum laude, Chemistry, Tel-Aviv University, 1970-1972

Academic Appointments

  • Research Associate, Chemistry, MIT, 1972-1974

  • Research Associate, Chemistry, Univ. of Chicago, 1974-1975

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Northwestern Univ, 1974-1975

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, 1975-1981

  • Professor, Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, 1981-Present

  • Chairman, Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, 1984-1987

  • Professor, Chemistry, Weizmann Institute, 1990-1991

  • Dean, Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 1995-1998

  • Director, Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies, Tel Aviv University,  2003-2015

  • Adjunct Professor, Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2006-2012

  • Visiting Professor, Physics, Freie University Berlin, 2014-2015

  • Pofessor, Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2015

Awards and Prizes

  • APS Fellow, American Physical Society, 1990

  • Riwka (nee Schechter) and Iser Kodesz Chair of Chemical Dynamics, Tel Aviv University, 1992

  • Alexander von Humboldt Award, Germany, 1995

  • Kolthoff Prize, Technion, Israel, 1995

  • Israel Chemical Society Award, Israel Chemical Society, 2003

  • AAAS Fellow, American Association for the Advances of Science, 2004

  • Manchot Award, Technical University, Munich, 2004

  • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006

  • John Morrow Visiting Fellowship, Duke University, USA, 2007

  • ERC Advanced Grant, European Research Council, 2008

  • Schulich visiting lecturer, Technion, Israel, 2008

  • Member, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 2009

  • Israel Prize in Chemistry, Israel, 2010

  • Honorary Doctorate (Dr. Honoris Causa), Univ. of Konstanz, Germany, 2010

  • Thomson Reuters list of top 100 chemists over the period 2000-2010 as ranked by the impact of their published research, 2011

  • Mulliken Lecture & medal, University of Chicago, USA, 2011

  • EMET Prize, Israel, 2012

  • Ralph and Lucy Hirschmann Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 2014

  • Israel Chemical Society Medal, 2015

  • Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Sciences, 2015           

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