Dr. Lior Elbaz
Lior Elbaz received his PhD in chemical engineering from the Ben-Gurion University, Israel. There he specialized in electrochemistry and worked on the development of bio-inspired catalysts for fuel cells. He continued his research in the field at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA, a world leader in the development of fuel cell technology; there he worked on various aspects of this technology, from electrocatalysis to inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry and engineering as a postdoctoral associate. During his time there, he expended his interests into photovoltaics and metal-air batteries. He is now continuing his research on renewable energy related projects at the Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Postdoctoral Associate Sep. 2009- Apr. 2013
MPA-11 group, Materials, Physics and Applications Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel (combined with M.Sc.).
Ben-Gurion University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Israel.
Authored books and book chapters
- Catalytic Reduction of Oxygen by Metalloporphyrins (L. Elbaz, VDM Publishing: Saarbrücken, 2010, ISBN 978-3-639-29274-9).
- Heat-Treated Non-Precious Metal Based Catalysts for Oxygen reduction (L. Elbaz, G. Wu and P. Zelenay), in Electrocatalysis in Fuel Cells: A Non and Low Platinum Approach (S. Minhua, Springer, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-4471-4910-1)
Refereed articles in peer reviewed scientific journals
- Tautomerism in N-Confused Porphyrins as the Basis of a Novel Fiber-Optic Humidity Sensor (I. Zilbermann, E. Meron, E. Maimon, L. Soifer, L. Elbaz, E. korin, and A. Bettelheim; Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines, 10 (2006), 63-66).
- Electrocatalysis of Oxygen Reduction by Co(III) Porphyrins Incorporated in Aerogel Carbon Electrodes (L. Elbaz, L. Soifer, E. Korin and A. Bettelheim; Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 621 (2008), 91-96).
- Mediation at High Potentials for the Reduction of Oxygen to Water by Cobalt Porphyrin-Quinone Systems in Porous Aerogel Carbon Electrodes (L. Elbaz, L. Soifer, E. Korin and A. Bettelheim, Journal of Electrochemical Society, 157(1) (2010), B27-B31).
- Evidence for the Formation of Cobalt Porphyrin-Quinone Complexes Stabilized at Carbon-Based Surfaces Toward the Design of Efficient Non-Noble-Metal Oxygen Reduction Catalysts (L. Elbaz, E. Korin, L. Soifer and A. Bettelheim, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 1 (2010), 398-401).
- Nano-scale Ceramic Supports for PEM Fuel Cells (K. J. Blackmore, E. Bauer, L. Elbaz, E. L. Brosha, T. M. McCleskey, and A. K. Burrell, Electrochemical Society Transactions, 30(1) (2011), 83-90).
- High Surface Area Molybdenum Nitride Support for Fuel Cell Electrodes (K. J. Blackmore, L. Elbaz, E. Bauer, E. L. Brosha, K. More, T. M. McCleskey, and A. K. Burrell, Journal of Electrochemical Society, 158(10) (2011), B1255-B1259).
- Nonprecious Metal Catalysts for Fuel Cell Applications: Electrochemical Activation by a Series of First Row Transition Metal Tris(2-pyridylmethyl) Amine Complexes (A. L. Ward, L. Elbaz, J. B. Kerr, J. Arnold, Inorganic Chemistry, 51(8) (2012), 4694-4706).
- Nanoscale Titania Ceramic Composite Supports for PEM Fuel Cells (K. J. Blackmore, L. Elbaz, E. Bauer, E. L. Brosha, K. More, T. M. McCleskey, and A. K. Burrell, Journal of Materials Research, 27 (15) (2012), 2046-2054).
- Increasing the Site Density of non-Precious Metal Catalysts in Fuel Cell Electrodes (L. Elbaz and F. Garzon, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 700 (2013), 65-69).
- Electrocatalysis of Oxygen Reduction with Platinum Supported on Molybdenum Carbide-Carbon Composite (L. Elbaz, C. Kreller, N. Henson and E. L. Brosha, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 720-721 (2014), 34-40).
- Evidence of High Electrocatalytic Activity of Molybdenum Carbide Supported Platinum Nanorafts (L. Elbaz, J. Phillips, K. More, K, Arytrashkova, and E. L. Brosha, Journal of Electrochemical Society, 162 (9) (2015), H681-H685)
- Metallocorroles as Non-Precious Metal Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction (N. Levy, A. Mahammed, M. Kosa, D. Major, Z. Gross, and L. Elbaz, Angewandte Chemie, Accepted)
- Advances in Ceramic Supports for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (O. Lori, L. Elbaz, Catalysts, 5 (2015), 1445-1464)
- Electrochemistry – Undergraduate level – Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
- Introduction to Chemical Engineering for Chemists - Graduate level – Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
- Materials Seminar - Undergraduate level – Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
- Physical Chemistry lab - Undergraduate level – Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
- General Chemistry – Undergraduate level - Department of Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
- Introduction to polymers (TA) – Undergraduate level - Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
- Chemical Engineering Fundamentals III – Mass transfer (TA) - Undergraduate level, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
- Chemical Engineering Lab – Mass transfer - Undergraduate level - Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
- Chemical Engineering Lab – Heat transfer - Undergraduate level - Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
The dependence of the free world on fossil fuels is increasing rapidly, whereas the world’s reserves are diminishing. Moreover, the effect of using such fuels on climate change, public health and nature is detrimental. The best way to reduce this dependence and even eliminate it is the further development of renewable energy technologies such as solar cells and fuel cells, which have the potential to power our automobiles, households and industry. In order for them to take over the energy market, scientific breakthroughs are needed.
The advancement in the commercialization of fuel cells is hampered by the high cost of their components, and especially the catalysts - Pt in most cases. Although it is the premium catalyst both at the anode and cathode of most low temperature fuel cells, the notion that even the most ingenious improvements in platinum nano-structure and alloying synthesis cannot dispel the issue of this catalyst scarcity and cost escalation, it is a prudent endeavor to develop inexpensive catalysts for oxygen reduction (ORR) which can be obtained from abundant and sustainable sources in order to realize the eagerly anticipated mass commercialization of fuel cells.
Since the discovery of their ability to catalyze the ORR and up until today, there has been a continuous growth in the interest in macrocyclic compounds. Researchers in various fields, from biology to physics and chemistry, have investigated the ORR mechanism and modified the macrocyclic structures and transition metal complexes to achieve better catalytic performance. While good catalytic activity was demonstrated under certain conditions, further development is needed in order to make them competitive with platinum based catalysts.
Our projects aim at developing bio-inspired catalysts for ORR as well as improving precious metal based catalysts for fuel cells. We also study and develop new materials for fuel cell s and batteries that could extend their durability and increase their activity. We are looking for excellent, motivated PhD students and postdocs who are willing to take on the task of making this world cleaner and better. We are currently looking for candidates from the fields of electrochemistry, inorganic chemistry and materials chemistry.
Research Interest (in no specific order):
- Bio-inspired electrochemistry
- Alternative energy technologies (fuel cells, batteries and photovoltaics).
- Organometallic compounds.
- Conductive polymers.
- Porphyrins and transition metal complexes.
- Ceramic materials.
- Carbon supports for alternative energy applications (electrodes, electron acceptors).
- Dr. Naomi Levi (Research Associate and Lab Manager)
- Dr. Ronit Shrabi (Postdoctoral Associate)
- Oran Lori (Graduate Student)
- Shmuel Gonen (Graduate Student)
- Ariel Friedman (Graduate Student)
- Bar Gavriel (Graduate Student)
- Inbal Ozeri (Graduate Student)
- Noam Zion (Graduate Student)
- Jennifer Koliuk (Graduate Student)
- Chen Korsia (Undergraduate Student)