Dr. Hagay Shpaisman

Dr. Hagay Shpaisman
Reception hours: 
Guiding the research students: 


2013-        Senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University, Chemistry department & Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA).

2010-2013  Post-Doctoral Fellow at New York University, Dept. of Physics, Center for Soft Matter Research.

“Material design, characterization and manipulation for soft matter advanced research”

Advisor: Prof. David G. Grier

2005-2010  Ph.D. at the Weizmann Inst. of Science, Dept. of Materials & Interfaces.

"Electronic transport across molecular monolayers and the importance of the electrical contacts"

Advisor: Prof. David Cahen  

2001-2003  M.Sc. in Chemistry, Bar-Ilan University [cum laude].

"Beam propagation in a four level double-Lambda system"

Advisor: Prof. Arlene Wilson-Gordon

1999–2005  R&D researcher and group head in an elite technological unit at Israel Defense Forces. Developed new technological procedures by combining a variety of techniques in the fields of chemistry, physics and chemical/material engineering. Specialized in optical compatibility, adhesives, paints, rubber compounds, etching and degradation processes. Captain by rank - functioning as Major

1996-1999  B.Sc. in Chemistry and Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University [cum laude].


17.          I. Jacob, E. Edri, E. Lasnoy, S. Piperno, H. Shpaisman. Influencing Colloidal Formation with Optical Traps. Soft Matter 2017 DOI: 10.1039/C6SM02639G.

16.          C. Weng, H. Shpaisman, A. Hollingsworth & D. G. Grier , “Monitoring colloidal growth with holographic particle characterization”, Soft Matt., 11, 1062, (2015), Selected for cover image of Feb 2015 issue

15.          H. Shpaisman, D. B. Ruffner, D. G. Grier , “Light-driven three-dimensional rotational motion of dandelion-shaped microparticles”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 102, 071103 (2013)

14.          H. Shpaisman, B. J. Krishnatreya, D. G. Grier, "Holographic Microrefractometer" , Appl. Phys. Lett., 101, 091102 (2012), Selected for cover image of Aug 2012 issue

13.          H. Shpaisman, R. Har-Lavan, H. Cohen, D. Azulai, N. Stein, D. Cahen, "A novel method for investigating electrical breakdown enhancement by nm-sized features", Nanoscale, 4 (10):p. 3128-3134 (2012)

12.          H. Shpaisman, O. Seitz , O. Yaffe, K. Roodenko, L. Scheres, H. Zuilhof, Y.J. Chabal, T. Sueyoshi, S. Kera, N. Ueno, A. Vilan, D. Cahen, "Structure Matters: Correlating temperature dependent electrical transport through alkyl monolayers with vibrational and photoelectron spectroscopies", Chem. Sci., 3 (3):p. 851-862 (2012)

11.          N. Stein, R. Korobko, O. Yaffe, R. H. Lavan, H. Shpaisman, E. Tirosh, A. Vilan, D. Cahen,  “Nondestructive Contact Deposition for Molecular Electronics: Si-Alkyl//Au Junctions”, J. Phys. Chem. C., 114(29):p. 12769-12776 (2010)

10.          H. Shpaisman, R. Har-Lavan, N. Stein, O. Yaffe, R. Korobko, O. Seitz, A. Vilan, D. Cahen, "Electronic Contact Deposition onto Organic Molecular Monolayers: Can we Detect Metal Penetration?", Adv. Funct. Mat., 20 (13):p. 2181-2188 (2010)

9.            O. Yaffe, L. Scheres,  S. R. Puniredd, , A. Biller, R. H. Lavan, H. Shpaisman, H. Zuilhof, H. Haick, D. Cahen, A. Vilan, "Molecular Electronics at Metal/Semiconductor Junctions. Si Inversion by Sub-Nanometer Molecular Films", Nano Lett. 9, (6):p. 2390-2394 (2009)

8.            H. Shpaisman, E. Salomon, G. Nesher, A. Vilan , A. Kahn, D. Cahen, "Electrical transport and photoemission experiments of alkylphosphonate monolayers on GaAs", J. Phys. Chem. C. , 113(8):p. 3313-3321 (2009)

7.            H. Shpaisman, O. Niitsoo, I. Lubomirsky, D. Cahen, "Can up & down conversion and multi-exciton generation improve photovoltaics?", Solar En. Mater. Solar Cells, 92: p. 1541–1546 (2008)

6.            A. Salomon, H. Shpaisman, O. Seitz, T. Boecking, D. Cahen, "Temperature-dependent electronic transport through alkyl chain monolayers: Evidence for a molecular signature", J. Phys. Chem. C. 112(10): p. 3969-3974 (2008)

5.            H. Shpaisman, O. Niitsoo, I. Lubomirsky, D. Cahen. "Up- and Down-Conversion, and Multi-Exciton Generation for Improving Solar Cells: A Reality Check", MRS proc. 1101E (KK): p. 05.14 (2008)

4.         G. Nesher, H. Shpaisman, D. Cahen, "Effect of Chemical Bond-type on Electron Transport in GaAs-chemical bond-Alkyl/Hg junctions", J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 129(4): p. 734-735 (2007)

3.         F. Amy, C.K. Chan, W. Zhao, J. Hyung, M. Ono, T. Sueyoshi, S. Kera, G. Nesher, A. Salomon, L. Segev, O. Seitz, H. Shpaisman, A. Scholl, M. haeming, T. Bocking, D. Cahen, L. Kronik, N. Ueno, E. Umbach, A. Kahn, “Radiation damage to alkyl chain monolayers on semiconductor substrates   investigated by electron spectroscopy.”, J. Phys. Chem. B 110(43):p. 21826–21832 (2006).

2.         H. Shpaisman, A. D. Wilson-Gordon, H. Friedmann, "Electromagnetically induced waveguiding in double-Λ systems", Phys. Rev. A 71, 043812 (2005)

1.         H. Shpaisman, A. D. Wilson-Gordon, H. Friedmann, "Efficient parametric amplification in double-Λ systems without maximal two-photon coherence", Phys. Rev. A 70, 063814 (2004). Also published in the "Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science".


* Genral Chemistry A

* Introduction to computers in Chemistry

* Chem-Phys lab


Our lab aims at researching novel ways of generating micro/nano-scopic structures and understanding how these structures could be further manipulated. We intend to get better understanding of the underlying scientific principles that govern these processes while developing these techniques for envisioned useful applications.


  • Influencing polymerization & phase separation processes with Holographic Optical Tweezers
  • Developing bubble based acousto-driven micro-particles
  • Advancing light controlled microfluidics
  • Creating position sensitive micro structures




H. Shpaisman, B. J. Krishnatreya, D. G. Grier

"Holographic Microrefractometer"  (U.S patent #WO/2013/126554)


C. Weng, H. Shpaisman, A. Hollingsworth, D. G. Grier

“In-Line Particle Characterization” (U.S patent pending)

Research Group

Lab Manger: Dr. Silvia Piperno

Ph.D. students: 

Eitan Edri

Haim Sazan

Nina Armon

M.Sc.  students:

Udi Greenberg

Erel Lasnoy

Avi Kenigsberg

Past Members:

Elad Hadad https://il.linkedin.com/in/elad-hadad-33533a118

Ifat Jacob  https://il.linkedin.com/in/ifat-jacob-965b7b71