Prof. Yitzhak Mastai

Professor, Head of the Department
Prof. Yitzhak Mastai


Prof. Yitzhak Mastai was born in 1966 in Tel Aviv Israel. He obtained his B.Sc in physical chemistry from Bar-Ilan University in 1989 and received his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science with Prof. Gary Hodes on nanomaterials synthesis (1999). He then went to the Max Planck institute of colloids and interfaces for 3 years, as postdoctoral fellow to work with Prof. M. Antonietti and Prof. H Cölfen on biomimetic chemistry and chiral polymers.

In 2003 joined the staff of the chemistry department at Bar-Ilan University, where he is currently a Professor at the institute of nanotechnology at Bar-Ilan University leading the nano chirality laboratory. Prof. Mastai’s earlier interests included nanomaterials synthesis and characterization. His current research is focused on the synthesis and analysis of chiral nanosurfaces, chiral self-assembled monolayers and polymeric chiral nanoparticles. Mastai has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters on various aspects of nanomaterials and chirality at the nanoscale. Among his previous awards were the Minerva fellowship for postdoctoral (2000) and the Yigal Alon fellowship (2003) for or outstanding young researchers award of the Israel academy for higher education.



Refereed Publications

1.  Homyonfer, M.; Mastai, Y.; Hershfinkel, M.; Volterra, V.; Hutchison, J. L.; Tenne, R., Scanning tunneling microscope induced crystallization of fullerene-like MoS2. Journal of the American Chemical Society 1996, 118, 7804-7808.

2.  Mastai, Y.; Hodes, G., Size quantization in electrodeposited CdTe nanocrystalline films. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 1997, 101, 2685-2690.

3.  Avivi, S.; Mastai, Y.; Hodes, G.; Gedanken, A., Sonochemical hydrolysis of Ga3+ ions: Synthesis of scroll-like cylindrical nanoparticles of gallium oxide hydroxide. Journal of the American Chemical Society 1999, 121, 4196-4199.

4.  Gal, D.; Mastai, Y.; Hodes, G.; Kronik, L., Band gap determination of semiconductor powders via surface photovoltage spectroscopy. Journal of Applied Physics 1999, 86, 5573-5577.

5.  Mastai, Y.; Homyonfer, M.; Gedanken, A.; Hodes, G., Room temperature sonoelectrochemical synthesis of molybdenum sulfide fullerene-like nanoparticles. Advanced Materials 1999, 11, 1010-1013.

6.  Mastai, Y.; Polsky, R.; Koltypin, Y.; Gedanken, A.; Hodes, G., Pulsed sonoelectrochemical synthesis of cadmium selenide nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 1999, 121, 10047-10052.

7.  Palchik, O.; Kataby, G.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., New method for nanofabrication of structures analogous to "Core-Shell" vesicles. Advanced Materials 1999, 11, 1289.

8.  Shafi, K.; Felner, I.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Olympic ring formation from newly prepared barium hexaferrite nanoparticle suspension. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 1999, 103, 3358-3360.

9.  Zhong, Z. Y.; Mastai, Y.; Koltypin, Y.; Zhao, Y. M.; Gedanken, A., Sonochemical coating of nanosized nickel on alumina submicrospheres and the interaction between the nickel and nickel oxide with the substrate. Chemistry of Materials 1999, 11, 2350-2359.

10.       Avivi, S.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., A new fullerene-like inorganic compound fabricated by the sonolysis of an aqueous solution of TlCl3. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2000, 122, 4331-4334.

11.       Avivi, S.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Sonohydrolysis of In3+ ions: Formation of needlelike particles of indium hydroxide. Chemistry of Materials 2000, 12, 1229-1233.

12.       Engelhard, T.; Jones, E. D.; Viney, I.; Mastai, Y.; Hodes, G., Deposition of tellurium films by decomposition of electrochemically-generated H2Te: application to radiative cooling devices. Thin Solid Films 2000, 370, 101-105.

13.       Jeevanandam, P.; Koltypin, Y.; Gedanken, A.; Mastai, Y., Synthesis of alpha-cobalt (II) hydroxide using ultrasound radiation. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2000, 10, 511-514.

14.       Jeevanandam, P.; Koltypin, Y.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Sonochemical synthesis of lead hydroxy bromide needles. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2000, 10, 2143-2146.

15.       Kumar, R. V.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Sonochemical synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline paramelaconite in polyaniline matrix. Chemistry of Materials 2000, 12, 3892-3895.

16.       Liu, S. W.; Tang, X. H.; Mastai, Y.; Felner, I.; Gedanken, A., Preparation and characterization of iron-encapsulating carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2000, 10, 2502-2506.

17.       Liu, S. W.; Zhu, J. J.; Mastai, Y.; Felner, I.; Gedanken, A., Preparation and characteristics of carbon nanotubes filled with cobalt. Chemistry of Materials 2000, 12, 2205-2211.

18.       Mastai, Y.; Gal, D.; Hodes, G., Nanocrystal-size control of electrodeposited nanocrystalline semiconductor films by surface capping. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2000, 147, 1435-1439.

19.       Zaban, A.; Aruna, S. T.; Tirosh, S.; Gregg, B. A.; Mastai, Y., The effect of the preparation condition of TiO2 colloids on their surface structures. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2000, 104, 4130-4133.

20.       Zhong, Z. Y.; Mastai, Y.; Salkar, R. A.; Koltypin, Y.; Gedanken, A., Preparation and coating of molybdenum oxide on alumina submicrospheres by sonochemical method. Journal of Materials Research 2000, 15, 393-401.

21.       Antonietti, M.; Landfester, K.; Mastai, Y., The vision of "Nanochemistry", or is there a promise for specific chemical reactions in nano-restricted environments? Israel Journal of Chemistry 2001, 41, 1-5.

22.       Kumar, R. V.; Mastai, Y.; Diamant, Y.; Gedanken, A., Sonochemical synthesis of amorphous Cu and nanocrystalline Cu2O embedded in a polyaniline matrix. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2001, 11, 1209-1213.

23.       Mastai, Y.; Diamant, Y.; Aruna, S. T.; Zaban, A., TiO2 nanocrystalline pigmented polyethylene foils for radiative cooling applications: Synthesis and characterization. Langmuir 2001, 17, 7118-7123.

24.       Pang, G. S.; Sominska, E.; Colfen, H.; Mastai, Y.; Avivi, S.; Koltypin, Y.; Gedanken, A., Preparing a stable colloidal solution of hydrous YSZ by sonication. Langmuir 2001, 17, 3223-3226.

25.       Colfen, H.; Qi, L. M.; Mastai, Y.; Borger, L., Formation of unusual 10-petal BaSO4 structures in the presence of a polymeric additive. Crystal Growth & Design 2002, 2, 191-196.

26.       Mastai, Y.; Polarz, S.; Antonietti, M., Silica-carbon nanocomposites: A new concept for the design of solar absorbers. Advanced Functional Materials 2002, 12, 197-202.

27.       Mastai, Y.; Rudloff, J.; Colfen, H.; Antonietti, M., Control over the structure of ice and water by block copolymer additives. Chemphyschem 2002, 3, 119-123.

28.       Mastai, Y.; Sedlak, M.; Colfen, H.; Antonietti, M., The separation of racemic crystals into enantiomers by chiral block copolymers. Chemistry-a European Journal 2002, 8, 2430-2437.

29.       Nikitenko, S. I.; Koltypin, Y.; Mastai, Y.; Koltypin, M.; Gedanken, A., Sonochemical synthesis of tungsten sulfide nanorods. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2002, 12, 1450-1452.

30.       Rana, R. K.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Acoustic cavitation leading to the morphosynthesis of mesoporous silica vesicles. Advanced Materials 2002, 14, 1414-1418.

31.       Sedlák, M.; Mastai, Y.; Cölfen, H.; Antonietti, M., The Disintegration of Racemic Crystals into Enantiomers by Chiral Block Copolymers Chemické Listy 2002, 96, 932-933.

32.       Dimova, R.; Lipowsky, R.; Mastai, Y.; Antonietti, M., Binding of polymers to calcite crystals in water: Characterization by isothermal titration calorimetry. Langmuir 2003, 19, 6097-6103.

33.       Dobson, K. D.; Hodes, G.; Mastai, Y., Thin semiconductor films for radiative cooling applications. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells 2003, 80, 283-296.

34.       Hornebecq, V.; Mastai, Y.; Antonietti, M.; Polarz, S., Redox behavior of nanostructured molybdenum oxide - Mesoporous silica hybrid materials. Chemistry of Materials 2003, 15, 3586-3593.

35.       Montenegro, R.; Antonietti, M.; Mastai, Y.; Landfester, K., Crystallization in miniemulsion droplets. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2003, 107, 5088-5094.

36.       Pol, V. G.; Motiei, M.; Gedanken, A.; Calderon-Moreno, J.; Mastai, Y., Sonochemical deposition of air-stable iron nanoparticles on monodispersed carbon spherules. Chemistry of Materials 2003, 15, 1378-1384.

37.       Rana, R. K.; Zhang, L. Z.; Yu, J. C.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Mesoporous structures from supramolecular assembly of in situ generated ZnS nanoparticles. Langmuir 2003, 19, (5904-5911.

38.       Patra, C.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A., Microwave-assisted synthesis of submicrometer GaO(OH) and Ga2O3 rods. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 2004, 6, 509-518.

39.       Yu, S. H.; Colfen, H.; Mastai, Y., Formation and optical properties of gold nanoparticles synthesized in the presence of double-hydrophilic block copolymers. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2004, 4, 291-298.

40.       Katzen, D.; Levy, E.; Mastai, Y., Thin films of silica-carbon nanocomposites for selective solar absorbers. Applied Surface Science 2005, 248, 514-517.

41.       Menahem, T.; Mastai, Y., Chiral soluble polymers and microspheres for enantioselective crystallization. Journal of Polymer Science Part a-Polymer Chemistry 2006, 44, 3009-3017.

42.       Patra, C. R.; Patra, S.; Gabashvili, A.; Mastai, Y.; Koltypin, Y.; Gedanken, A.; Palchik, V.; Slifkin, M. A., A microwave route for the synthesis of nanoflakes and dendrites-type, beta-In2S3 and their characterization. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2006, 6, 845-851.

43.       Baruch, E.; Mastai, Y., Antifreeze properties of polyglycidol block copolymers. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2007, 28, 2256-2261.

44.       Dressler, D. H.; Landau, A.; Zaban, A.; Mastai, Y., Sub-micrometer polarimetry of chiral surfaces using near-field scanning optical microscopy. Chemical Communications 2007, 945-947.

45.       Dressler, D. H.; Mastai, Y., Enantioselective crystallization of histidine on chiral self-assembled films of cysteine. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2007, 310, 653-660.

46.       Dressler, D. H.; Mastai, Y., Chiral crystallization of glutamic acid on self assembled films of cysteine. Chirality 2007, 19, 358-365.

47.       Dressler, D. H.; Mastai, Y., Controlling polymorphism by crystallization on self-assembled multilayers. Crystal Growth & Design 2007, 7, 847-850.

48.       Gabashvili, A.; Medina, D. D.; Gedanken, A.; Mastai, Y., Templating mesoporous silica with chiral block copolymers and its application for enantioselective separation. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2007, 111, 11105-11110.

49.       Kun, H.; Byk, G.; Mastai, Y., Effects of antifreeze protein fragments on the properties of model membranes. Biopolymers 2007, 88, 637-637.

50.       Kun, H.; Mastai, Y., Activity of short segments of type I antifreeze protein. Biopolymers 2007, 88, 807-814.

51.       Medina, D. D.; Goldshtein, J.; Margel, S.; Mastai, Y., Enantioselective crystallization on chiral polymeric microspheres. Advanced Functional Materials 2007, 17, 944-950.

52.       Shinitzky, M.; Shvalb, A.; Elitzur, A. C.; Mastai, Y., Entrapped energy in chiral solutions: Quantification and information capacity. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2007, 111, 11004-11008.

53.       Baruch, E.; Belostotskii, A. M.; Mastai, Y., Relationship between the antifreeze activities and the chemical structures of polyols. Journal of Molecular Structure 2008, 874, 170-177.

54.       Dressler, D. H.; Hod, I.; Mastai, Y., Stabilization of alpha-L-glutamic acid on chiral thin films - A theoretical and experimental study. Journal of Crystal Growth 2008, 310, 1718-1724.

55.       Fleger, Y.; Dressler, D. H.; Mastai, Y.; Rosenbluh, M., Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy of aromatic compounds on silver nanoclusters. 2008 Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (QELS) 2008.

56.       Kun, H.; Minnes, R.; Mastai, Y., Effects antifreeze peptides on the thermotropic properties of a model membrane. Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes 2008, 40, 389-396.

57.       Mastai, Y.; Voelkel, A.; Coelfen, H., Separation of racemate from excess enantiomer of chiral nonracemic compounds via density gradient ultracentrifugation. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2008, 130, 2426-2427.

58.       Medina, D. D.; Mastai, Y., Synthesis of DL-alanine mesocrystals with a hollow morphology. Crystal Growth & Design 2008, 8, 3646-3651.

59.       Menahem, T.; Mastai, Y., Controlled crystallization of calcium carbonate superstructures in macroemulsions. Journal of Crystal Growth 2008, 310, 3552-3556.

60.       Menahem, T.; Mastai, Y., Enantioselective crystallization in miniemulsions based on chiral surfactants. New Journal of Chemistry 2008, 32, 925-928.

61.       Dryzun, C.; Mastai, Y.; Shvalb, A.; Avnir, D., Chiral silicate zeolites. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009, 19, 2062-2069.

62.       Levy, E.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Li, J.; Mastai, Y., Structure of water in mesoporous organosilica by calorimetry and inelastic neutron scattering. Surface Science 2009, 603, 71-77.

63.       Menahem, T.; Pravda, M.; Mastai, Y., Correlation between structures of chiral polymers and their efficiency for chiral resolution by crystallization. Chirality 2009, 21, (9), 862-870.

64.       Dressler, D. H.; Mastai, Y.; Rosenbluh, M.; Fleger, Y., Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy as a probe for orientation of pyridine compounds on colloidal surfaces. Journal of Molecular Structure 2009, 935, (1-3), 92-96.

65.       Fleger, Y.; Mastai, Y.; Rosenbluh, M.; Dressler, D. H., SERS as a probe for adsorbate orientation on silver nanoclusters. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 2009, 40, (11), 1572-1577.

66.       Fleger, Y.; Mastai, Y.; Rosenbluh, M.; Dressler, D. H., Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy of aromatic compounds on silver nanoclusters. Surface Science 2009, 603, (5), 788-793.. 

67.       Mastai, Y., Enantioselective crystallization on nanochiral surfaces. Chemical Society Reviews 2009, 38, (3), 772-780.

68.       Paik, P.; Gedanken, A.; Mastai, Y., Chiral separation abilities: Aspartic acid block copolymer-imprinted mesoporous silica. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2009, 129, (1-2), 82-89.

     69.  Paik, P.; Gedanken, A.; Mastai, Y., Enantioselective separation using chiral mesoporous spherical silica prepared by templating of chiral block copolymers. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2009, 1, (8), 1834-1842.

70.       Sivan, B.; Tikva, P.; Mastai, Y.; Fried, R.; Litshitz, D. A., The kinetics of Uric acid stones dissolution. Journal of Urology 2009, 181, (4), 519-520.

71.       Tamam, L.; Menahem, T.; Mastai, Y.; Sloutskin, E.; Yefet, S.; Deutsch, M., Langmuir Films of chiral molecules on mercury. Langmuir 2009, 25, (9), 5111-5119.

72.       Baruch-Teblum, E.; Mastai, Y.; Landfester, K., Miniemulsion polymerization of cyclodextrin nanospheres for water purification from organic pollutants. European Polymer Journal 2010, 46, (8), 1671-1678.

73.       Katsir, Y.; Shapira, Y.; Mastai, Y.; Dimova, R.; Ben-Jacob, E., Entropic effects and slow kinetics revealed in titrations of D2O-H2O solutions with different D/H ratios. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2010, 114, (17), 5755-5763.

74.       Krattiger, P.; Nassif, N.; Voelkel, A.; Mastai, Y.; Wennemers, H.; Coelfen, H., Investigation of active crystal morphogenesis peptide sequences from peptide libraries by crystallization on peptide functionalized beads. Colloids and Surfaces a-Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 2010, 354, (1-3), 218-225.

75.       Kun, H.; Mastai, Y., Isothermal Calorimetry study of the interactions of Type I antifreeze proteins with a lipid model membrane. Protein and Peptide Letters 2010, 17, (6), 739-743.

76.       Levy, E.; Chan, L. K.; Yu, D.; Koza, M. M.; Mastai, Y.; Ford, R. C.; Li, J., Neutron scattering study of water confined in periodic mesoporous organosilicas. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2010, 183, (7), 1691-1696.

77.       Paik, P.; Gedanken, A.; Mastai, Y., Chiral-mesoporous-polypyrrole nanoparticles: Its chiral recognition abilities and use in enantioselective separation. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2010, 20, (20), 4085-4093.

78.       Shvalb, A.; Mastai, Y.; Shinitzky, M., Chiral configuration of the hydration layers of D- and L-Alanine in water implied from dilution calorimetry. Chirality 2010, 22, (6), 587-592.

79.       Tamam, L.; Medina, D. D.; Menahem, T.; Mastai, Y.; Sloutskin, E.; Yefet, S.; Deutsch, M., The structure and phase diagram of chiral alkyl-serine monolayers on mercury. Soft Matter 2010, 6, (3), 526-541.

80.       Ejgenberg, M.; Mastai, Y., Conglomerate crystallization on self-assembled monolayers. Chemical Communications 2011, (47), 12161–12163

81.       Hod, I.; Mastai, Y.; Medina, D. D., Effect of solvents on the growth morphology of DL-alanine crystals. Crystengcomm 2011, 13, (2), 502-509.

82.       Medina, D. D.; Gedanken, A.; Mastai, Y., Chiral amplification in crystallization under ultrasound radiation. Chemistry-a European Journal 2011, 17, (40), 11139-11142.

83.       Shvalb, A.; Mastai, Y., Isothermal titration calorimetry as a new tool to investigate chiral interactions at crystal surfaces. Chemical Communications 2011, 47, (20), 5735-5737.

84.       Fried, R.; Mastai, Y., The effect of sulfated polysaccharides on the crystallization of calcite superstructures. Journal of Crystal Growth 2012,338, 147-151.

85.       Paik, P.; Mastai* Y.; Kityk I.; Piort Rakus P.; Gedanken A., Synthesis of Amino Acid Block-copolymer Imprinted Chiral Mesoporous Silica and its Acoustically-induced Optical Kerr Effects, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2012, 192, 127-131.

86.       Ejgenberg, M.; Mastai, Y., Biomimetic Crystallization of L-Cystine Hierarchical Structures. Crystal Growth & Design 2012, 12 (10), 4995-5001.

87.       Kumar, V. B.; Annamanedi, M.; Prashad, M. D.; Arunasree, K. M.; Mastai, Y.; Gedanken, A.; Paik, P., Synthesis of mesoporous SiO2-ZnO nanocapsules: encapsulation of small biomolecules for drugs and "SiOZO-plex" for gene delivery. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 2013, 15 (9)

88.       Moshe, H.; Levi, G.; Mastai, Y., Polymorphism stabilization by crystal adsorption on a self-assembled monolayer. Crystengcomm 2013, 15 (44), 9203-9209.

89.       Moshe, H.; Vanbel, M.; Valev, V. K.; Verbiest, T.; Dressler, D.; Mastai, Y., Chiral Thin Films of Metal Oxide. Chemistry-a European Journal 2013, 19 (31), 10295-10301.

90.       Munoz-Espi, R.; Mastai, Y.; Gross, S.; Landfester, K., Colloidal systems for crystallization processes from liquid phase. Crystengcomm 2013, 15 (12), 2175-2191.

91.       Schatz, D.; Nagar, E.; Sendersky, E.; Parnasa, R.; Zilberman, S.; Carmeli, S.; Mastai, Y.; Shimoni, E.; Klein, E.; Yeger, O.; Reich, Z.; Schwarz, R., Self-suppression of biofilm formation in the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus. Environmental Microbiology 2013, 15 (6), 1786-1794.

92.       Bhattacharyya, S.; Mastai, Y.; Panda, R. N.; Yeon, S.-H.; Hu, M. Z., Advanced Nanoporous Materials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. Journal of Nanomaterials 2014.

93.       Fuchs, I.; Aluma, Y.; Ilan, M.; Mastai, Y., Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Biosilica to Cristobalite by Silicatein. Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2014, 118 (8), 2104-2111.

94. Hagay Moshe, Gila Levi, Daniel Sharon, Yitzhak Mastai, Atomic layer deposition of enantioselective thin film of alumina on chiral self-assembled-monolayer. Surface Science 629,88-93, 2014.

95. Mathnw, Shinto P, Mondal, Prakash Chandra, Moshe, Hagay, Mastai, Yitzhak and Naaman, Ron, Non-magnetic organic/inorganic spin injector at room temperature, 2014 Applied Physics Letters, 105,  242408.  

96. Fuchs, I.; Aluma, Y.; Ilan, M.; Kityk, I.; Mastai, Y., Photoinduced electro-optics measurements of biosilica transformation to cristobalite. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2015, 226, 231-236.

97. Lieberman, R. N.; Green, U.; Segev, G.; Polat, M.; Mastai, Y.; Cohen, H., Coal fly ash as a potential fixation reagent for radioactive wastes. Fuel 2015, 153, 437-444;

98. Kumar, V. B.; Mastai, Y.; Porat, Z. e.; Gedanken, A., Chiral imprinting in molten gallium. New Journal of Chemistry 2015, 39 (4), 2690-2696.

99. Preiss, L. C.; Werber, L.; Fischer, V.; Hanif, S.; Landfester, K.; Mastai, Y.; Munoz-Espi, R., Amino-Acid-Based Chiral Nanoparticles for Enantioselective Crystallization. Advanced Materials 2015, 27 (17), 2728.

100. Werber, L.; Preiss, L. C.; Landfester, K.; Munoz-Espi, R.; Mastai, Y., Isothermal Titration Calorimetry of Chiral Polymeric Nanoparticles. Chirality 2015, 27 (9), 613-618.

101. Adler S.R.; Mastai Y. Chiral polymeric nanoparticles for aldol reaction, Reactive and Functional Polymers, 2015, 96, 1-4.

102. Joseph Berry, Tonio Buonassisi, David A. Egger, Gary Hodes, Leeor Kronik, Yueh-Lin Loo, Igor Lubomirsky, Seth R. Marder, Yitzhak Mastai, Joel S. Miller, David B. Mitzi, Yaron Paz, Andrew M. Rappe, Ilan Riess, Boris Rybtchinski, Oscar Stafsudd, Vladan Stevanovic, Michael F. Toney, David Zitoun, Antoine Kahn, David Ginley and David Cahen, Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Perovskites (HOIPs): Opportunities and Challenges, Advanced Materials 2015, 27, 5102–5112.

103. Fuchs, I. Fechler N., Antonietti M. and Mastai Y. Enantioselective nanoporous carbon based on chiral ionic liquids, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, accepted. 

Articles and Chapters in Books

  1. G. Hodes and Y. Mastai “Electrodepostion of Nanocrystalline Semiconductor Materials,” Encyclopedia on Electrochemistry, Volume 6, Semiconductor Electrodes and Photoelectrochemistry,  Ed. Stuart Licht, 173-185, 2001.
  2. Y. Mastai and A. Gedanken. “Sonochemistry and Other Novel Methods Developed for the Synthesis of Nanoparticles” In "The Chemistry of Nanomaterials Synthesis, Properties and Applications" Editors: C.N.R. Rao, A. Mueller and A.K. Cheetham, Wiley-VCH, 2004
  3. Medina, D.D., Mastai, Y., Biomimetic "Polymers for Chiral Resolution and Antifreeze Applications" in "On Biomimetics", Editor L.D.Pramatarova, Publisher InTech, 2010; pp 321-354.
  4. Michal Ejgenberg and Yitzhak Mastai, "Crystallization on self assembled monolayers" in "Advances in Crystallization Processes", Editor Prof Y. Mastai, Publisher InTech, 2012.
  5. Hagay Moshe and Yitzhak Mastai “Atomic Layer Deposition on Self-Assembled Monolayers” in “Materials Science -Advanced Topics”, Editor Prof Y. Mastai, Publisher InTech, 2013.
  6. Gila Levi, Imprinting Chirality in Mesoporouse Silica Structure" in "Controlled Crystallization of Gold Nanocrystals" in Advanced Topics in Crystallization, Editor Prof Y. Mastai, Publisher InTech, 2015.
  7. Ortal Lidor-Shalev and Zion Elani, "Controlled Crystallization of Gold Nanocrystals" in Advanced Topics in Crystallization, Editor Prof Y. Mastai, Publisher InTech, 2015.

Book editor

  1. “Advances in Crystallization Processes", Editor Yitzhak Mastai, ISBN: 979-953-307-878-5 Publisher InTech, published in August 2012.
  2. “Materials Science -Advanced Topics ", Editor Yitzhak Mastai, ISBN: 980-953-307-918-4, Publisher InTech,  published in July 2013.
  3. "Advanced Topics in Crystallization", Editor Yitzhak Mastai, ISBN: 978-953-51-2125-1, Publisher InTech, published in April 2015.

Non-refereed publications

1. Elinor Richards "A close look at chirality", Chemical Technology, 08 February 2007, highlighting our research on polarized near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) for chirality of nanoscopic surfaces.

2.  "Chirality detection on nanoscopic surfaces", 24 January 2007, Hot article, Chemical Communications.

3.   H. Dryzun, Y. Mastai, A. Shvalb and D. Avnir, Highlighted in Science, 323 (5919), 1266 (2009) our  paper " Chiral silicate zeolites"




Undergraduate courses:

"Inorganic Chemistry" and "Physical chemistry laboratory".

Graduate courses (M.Sc and PhD):

"Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces"

"Introduction to nanomaterials"

"Introduction to solid state chemistry"





Research Summary

My primary field of research is chirality at the nanoscale, with a focus on preparation and application of nano-chiral surfaces for enantioselective processes. My research interests can be divided into several areas:

Chiral surfaces based on self-assembled monolayers

This research concerns fundamental studies of chiral surfaces based on ultrathin molecular architectures, such as self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), on solid supports. We were pioneers in the study of chiral SAMs for the preparation of chiral nanosurfaces for chiral resolution by crystallization. In a series of papers, our research group has shown that chiral SAM surfaces can be employed as resolving auxiliaries in the crystallization of amino acids from solutions. Recently we presented an innovative new type of chiral surface based on a chiral SAM coated with ceramic nanolayers that preserves the enantioselectivity nature of the chiral SAM and enables its protection. These surfaces can lead to a new class of chiral nano-surfaces with the improved characteristics that are necessary for any chiral application.



Chiral polymeric nanoparticles

This research concerns the development of polymeric nanoparticles fabricated using emulsion (mini or micro) polymerization. For example, we developed chiral polymeric nano- and microspheres that can act as chiral auxiliaries and be utilized for enantioselective crystallization. We are also developing chiral polymeric nanoparticles of controlled size and shape for other chiral applications such as a chiral stationary phase for chromatographic separations and as catalytic systems for stereoselective reactions.


Chiral mesoporous silica

Our group is also involved in the development of chiral mesoporous silica by chiral imprinting or by cooperative self-assembly of chiral amphiphiles and silica precursors. Our research focuses on the fabrication of chiral mesoporous materials and exploring the mechanisms involved in their formation and their chiral recognition.


New chiral analytical techniques

The group is also working on the development of new analytical methods to probe chirality at the nano-scale. We pioneered the development of near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) for the determination of chirality at the nanoscale.








1) Y. Mastai, M. Homynofer, R. Tenne, G. Hodes “Synthesis of inorganic fullerene-like nanoparticles of metal chalcogenides” Israel patent No.130, 915 1999, PCT-International patent No. WO01/04382, 2002.

2) Hagit Kun and Y. Mastai "Activity of Short Segments of Type I Antifreeze Protein." USA provisional patent 2009.


Research Group

Lab assistance


Dr. Yochai Basel

Organic synthesis and characterization

The main research field of the work is organic synthesis of starting materials to prepare chiral materials for research of the group members and NMR analysis of products and intermediates.




Eitan Elfassi (PhD 2016)

Chiral ionic liquids

The influence of long alkyl chains and chiral centers on the structure and properties of ionic liquids at interfaces are studied. Langmuir films of ionic liquids on liquid mercury are studied by tensiometry, surface specific X-ray methods and spectroscopy.  Further applications of chiral ionic liquids for chiral recognition and chiral separation are considered.



Ortal Lidor-Shalev (PhD 2017)

Atomic layer deposition of metal-oxides thin films onto chiral biological macromolecule

This project is designed to produce a new platform for stereoselective applications based on chiral metal-oxide thin films surfaces. The new chiral surfaces are based on biological macromolecules with a complicated spatial structure, used as a model system. The biological molecules are coated with nano-sized metal oxide layers by atomic layer deposition (ALD) process, for obtaining chiral metal oxide surfaces.



Liora Verber (PhD 2017)

Chiral polymer nanoparticles synthesis and application for chiral separation

In our work we prepare chiral polymeric nanoparticles based on the polymerization of N-acryl amino acids monomers in miniemulsion systems (o/w). The chiral nature of those nanoparticles is proven by isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) of chiral molecules.



Gila Levi (PhD 2017)

Chiral silica colloidosomes, synthesis and applications

Colloidosomes have shown a high potential in a number of technological applications related to encapsulation techniques. The application of the colloidosomes strongly relies on facile and lowcost preparation methods allowing tunable characteristics such as wall thickness, rigidity and porosity. Our aim is to prepare chiral silica colloidosomes in Pickering emulsions and to explore their enantioselective ability in different chiral systems.



Irena Nemtsov (M.Sc 2015)

Antifreeze activity of surfaces based on self-assembly of antifreeze proteins

Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are unique examples of natural antifreeze materials that have specific interactions with water and ice. AFPs, first found in the blood and tissues of Antarctic and some northern marine fishes, are essential to prevent the fish from freezing at low temperatures. 



Yehuda Rodal (PhD 2017)

My research deals with the removal of organic poluutants in water by polymerization methods and using UF membrans.



Group trips



Former students:

Tal Berman (M.Sc 2005), Keren Solomon (M.Sc 2007), David Dressler (PhD 2008), Tali Menahem (PhD 2008), Hagit Kun (PhD 2008), Idan Hod (M.Sc 2008), Yael Katsir (M.Sc 2008), Eti Baruch (PhD 2009), Esthy Levy (PhD 2009), Dana Medina (PhD 2009), Ayelet Shvalbe (PhD 2009), Ruth Frid (PhD 2011), Revital Charbash (M.Sc 2011), Gil Ring (M.Sc 2012), Michal Ejgenberg (PhD 2012), Lihi Rotbart  (Mc.S 2013),  Hagay Moshe (PhD 2014), Ido Fuchs (PhD 2015), Shira Adler (PhD 2015). 









Visiting Ph.D students and post-doctoral fellows



Project title


Dr. Martin Pravda

Faculty of Pharmacy Charles University Prague, Czech Republic.

Amino acids block copolymers for enantioselective crystallization.

10/2004 02/2005


Grzegorz Wloch

University of science and technology Krakow, Poland.

Solution deposition of calcium phosphate powders and thin films.




Dr. Bezalel Sivan

Rabin medical center Petah Tikva, Israel.

Kinetics of dissolution of uric-acid at different pH value.

10/2007  02/2008

Dr. Yuliya Alexandrovna

Al-Farabi national University, Almaty Kazakhstan.

Developing new sorption materials based on raw materials and their applications.

03/2009  05/2009

Dr. Pradip Paik

Post-Doctorate at my group BIU

Chrial Silica

10/2008  10/2010


Nikolaos Pliatsikas

PhD student at Aristotle university, Greece

Characterization of Au nanoparticles 


Jon Bennion 

PhD student at the university of michigan, USA

Cocrystallization of materials