Prof. Chaim Sukenik

Dean, Faculty of Exact Sciences
Prof. Chaim Sukenik
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Professor Chaim Sukenik completed his undergraduate studies at Yeshiva University in 1972 (BA magna cum laude) and received his PhD. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1976 (Organic Chemistry with R. G. Bergman). After a year as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA (with O. L. Chapman), he was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from 1977-1995. He joined the Chemistry Department at Bar-Ilan University as a Professor of Chemistry in 1995 and currently holds the Edward and Judy Steinberg Chair in Nanotechnology at Bar Ilan. His research group focuses on interfacial chemistry, with work extending from fundamental studies of self-assembled monolayer films to the creation of nanoscale organic and inorganic coatings for applications ranging from the protection of materials for space applications to the prevention of biofouling on surfaces to wafer bonding for photonic and microelectronic applications. Sukenik was the founding Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) at Bar-Ilan University.

Prof. Chaim Sukenik is the former Dean of the Faculty of Exact Sciences. He is also the former Director of the Minerva Center for Nanoscale Particles and Films as Tailored Biomaterial Interfaces.


77) Pizem, H.; Gershevitz, O.; Goffer, Y.; Frimer, A. A.; Sukenik, C. N.; Sampathkumaran, U.; Milhet, X.; McIlwain, A.; De Guire, M. R.; Meador, M. A. B.; Sutter, J. K. Titania Deposition on PMR-15 Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 3205-3213.

78) Gershevitz, O.; Osnis, A.; Sukenik, C. N. Interfacial Chemistry on Carboxylate-Functionalized Monolayer Assemblies. Isr. J. Chem. 2005, 45, 321–336.

79) Zorn, G.; Gotman, I.; Gutmanas, E. Y.; Adadi, R.; Salitra, G.; Sukenik C. N. Surface Modification of Ti45Nb Alloy with an Alkylphosphonic Acid Self-Assembled Monolayer Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 4218-4226.

80) Razgon, A.; Sukenik, C. N. Ceramic Coatings for Fiber Matrix Composites: Titania Thin Films on Bismaleimide-Glass Fiber Composites. J. Mater. Res. 2005, 20, 2544-2552.

81) Rühle, S.; Greenshtein, M.; Chen, S. G.; Merson, A.; Pizem, H.; Sukenik, C. N.; Cahen, D.; Zaban, A. Molecular Adjustment of the Electronic Properties of Nanoporous Electrodes in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. J. Phys. Chem. B 2005, 109, 18907-18913. 10.1021/jp0514123

82) Turgeman, R.; Gershevitz, O.; Deutsch, M.; Ocko, B. M.; Gedanken, A.; Sukenik, C. N. Crystallization of Highly Oriented ZnO Microrods on Carboxylic Acid-Terminated SAMs. Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 5048-5056.

83) Silickas, P.; Sukenik, C. N.; Gershevitz, O.; Valiulis A.V. Liquid Phase Deposition of TiO2 Films on Different Substrates. Mechatronic Systems and Materials Solid State Phenomena 2006, 113, 589-594.

84) Gershevitz, O.; Silickas, P.; Sukenik, C. N. Modification and Coating of Polymer Surfaces Surface Chemistry. In Surface Chemistry in Biomedical and Environmental Science; Blitz, J. P., Gun'ko, V. M., Eds.; NATO Science Series II, 228; Springer, 2006; pp 59-68.

85) Zorn, G.; Gotman, I.; Gutmanas, E. Y.; Adadi, R.; Sukenik, C. N. Surface Modification of Ti45Nb Alloy by Immobilization of RGD Peptide via Self Assembled Monolayer. J. Mater. Sci:Mater. Med 2007, 18, 1309–1315.

86) Taha, H.; Lewis, A.; Sukenik, C. Controlled Deposition of Gold Nanowires on Semiconducting and Nonconducting Surfaces. Nano Lett. 2007, 7 (7), 1883-1887.

87) Girshevitz, O.; Nitzan, Y.; Sukenik, C. N. Solution-Deposited Amorphous Titanium Dioxide on Silicone Rubber: A Conformal, Crack-Free Antibacterial Coating. Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 1390-1396.

88) Razgon, A.; Bergman, R. G.; Sukenik, C. N. Ozonolysis-Based Route to the In Situ Formation of Aldehyde-Bearing Self-Assembled Monolayer Surfaces. Langmuir 2008, 24, 2545-2552.

89) Zorn, G.; Adadi, R.; Brener, R.; Yakovlev, V. A.; Gotman, I.; Gutmanas, E. Y.; Sukenik, C. N. Tailoring the Surface of NiTi Alloy Using PIRAC Nitriding Followed by Anodization and Phosphonate Monolayer Deposition. Chem. Mater. 2008, 20, 5368-5374.

90) Katash, I.; Luo, X.; Sukenik, C. N. In Situ Sulfonation of Alkyl Benzene Self-Assembled Monolayers: Product Distribution and Kinetic Analysis. Langmuir 2008, 24, 10910-10919.

91) Gouzman, I.; Gershevitz, O.; Grossman, E.; Eliaz, N.; Sukenik, C. N. Novel Approach to Space-Survivable Polyimides: Liquid Phase Deposition of Titania Coating on Kapton.  In AIP Conference Proceedings 1087 (Protection of Materials and Structures from Space Environment: Proceedings of the 9th International Space Conference: Protection of Materials and Structures from the Space Environment); AIP Publishing Center: Melville, NY, 2009; pp 391-404.

92) Capua, E.; Cao, R.; Sukenik, C. N.; Naaman, R. Detection of Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP) with an Array of Sensors Based on Non-Specific Interactions. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 2009, B140 (1), 122-127.

93) Meth, S.; Savchenko, N.; Koltypin, M.; Starosvetsky, D.; Viva, F. A.; Groysman, A.; Sukenik, C. N. Corrosion Studies of Stainless Steel Protected by a TiO2 Thin Film Deposited on a Sulfonate-Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayer. Corrosion Science 2009, 52 (1), 125-129.

94) Katash, I.; Luo,  X.; Sukenik, C. N. Sulfonation of Alkyl Phenyl Ether Self-Assembled Monolayers. Langmuir 2010, 26 (3), 1765-1775.

95) Adadi, R.; Zorn, G.; Brener, R.; Gotman, I.; Gutmanas, E. Y.; Sukenik, C. N. Phosphonate-Anchored Thin Films on Titanium and Niobium Oxide Surfaces: Fabrication and Characterization. Thin Solid Films 2010, 518 (8), 1966-1972.

96) Lovsky, Y.; Lewis, A.; Sukenik, C.; Grushka, E. Atomic-Force-Controlled Capillary Electrophoretic Nanoprinting of Proteins. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2010, 396 (1), 133-138.

97) Gouzman, I.; Girshevitz, O.; Grossman, E.; Eliaz, N.; Sukenik, C. N. Thin Film Oxide Barrier Layers: Protection of Kapton from Space Environment by Liquid Phase Deposition of Titanium Oxide. ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces 2010, 2 (7), 1835-1843.

98) Meth, S.; Viva, F. A.; Groysman, A.; Sukenik, C. N. Siloxane-Based Thin Films for Corrosion Protection of Stainless Steel in Chloride Media, Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 2011 41 (8), 885-890.

99) Razgon, A.; Anstey, M. R;. Yakelis, N. A.; Bergman, R. G.; Sukenik, C. N. Surface Immobilization of an Organo-Iridium Complex through a Carbon-Metal Bond, Inorganica Chimica Acta 2011, 305–307.

100) Benbenishty-Shamir, H.; Gilert, R.; Gotman, I.; Gutmanas, E.Y.; Sukenik, C.N. Phosphonate-Anchored Monolayers for Antibody Binding to Magnetic Nanoparticles. Langmuir 2011, 27 (19), 12082–12089.

101) Osnis, A,. Sukenik, C.N., Major, D. T. Structure of Carboxyl Acid Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers from Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Hybrid Quantum Mechanics-Molecular Mechanics Vibrational Normal Mode Analysis. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116 (1), pp 770–782

102) Aped, I. Mazuz Y., Sukenik, C.N. Variations in the Structure and Reactivity of Thioester Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayers and their Use for Controlled Surface Modification. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2012, 3, 213–220.

103) Vital Peretz, Menachem Motiei, Chaim N. Sukenik, and Rachela Popovtzer The Effect of Nanoparticle Size on Cellular Binding Probability. Journal of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 2012, Article ID 404536,

104) Bakish, I.; Artel, V.; Ilovitsh, T.; Shubely, M.; Ben-Ezra, Y.; Zadok, A.; Sukenik, C. N. Self-Assembled Monolayer Assisted Bonding of Si and InP. Optical Materials Express 2012,  2 (8), 1141-1148.

105) Gotlib-Vainshtein, Katya; Girshevitz, Olga; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Barlam, David; Kalfon-Cohen, Estelle; Cohen, Sidney R. Oxide Surfaces with Tunable Stiffness. J. Phys. Chem. C 2013117(43), 22232-22239.

106) Preter, Eyal; Preloznik, Borut; Artel, Vlada; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Donlagic, Denis; Zadok, Avi Monitoring the Evaporation of Fluids from Fiber-​Optic Micro-​Cell Cavities. Sensors 2013, 13(11), 15261-15273,

107) Katz, Sari; Carmiel, Yacov; Gouzman, Irina; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Wagner, Hanoch D.; Grossman, Eitan Fiber-​Matrix Interface Reinforcement Using Atomic Layer Deposition. MRS Online Proceedings Library 2013, 1499 (Precision Polymer Materials), opl.2013.536, 6 pp.

108) Artel, Vlada; Cohen, Reut; Aped, Inbal; Ronen, Maria; Gerber, Doron; Sukenik, Chaim N. Controlled Formation of Thiol and Disulfide Interfaces. Langmuir 2013, 29(1), 191-198.

109) Toledano, Tal; Sazan, Haim; Mukhopadhyay, Sabyasachi; Alon, Hadas; Lerman, Keti; Bendikov, Tatyana; Major, Dan T.; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Vilan, Ayelet; Cahen, David Odd-​Even Effect in Molecular Electronic Transport via an Aromatic Ring. Langmuir 2014, 30(45), 13596-13605.

110) Preter, Eyal; Katims, Rachel A.; Artel, Vlada; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Donlagic, Denis; Zadok, Avi Monitoring and Analysis of Pendant Droplets Evaporation Using Bare and Monolayer-​Coated Optical Fiber Facets. Optical Materials Express 2014, 4(5), 903-915.

111) Goldfinger Yael; Natan Michal; Sukenik Chaim N; Banin Ehud; Kronenberg Jona Biofilm Prevention on Cochlear Implants. Cochlear Implants International 2014, 15(3), 173-178.

112) Gotlib-Vainshtein, Katya; Girshevitz, Olga; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Barlam, David; Cohen, Sidney R. A Nanometric Cushion for Enhancing Scratch and Wear Resistance of Hard Films. Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2014, 5, 1005–1015.

113) Gotlib-Vainstein, Katya; Gouzman, Irina; Girshevitz, Olga; Bolker, Asaf; Atar, Nurit; Grossman, Eitan; Sukenik, Chaim N. Liquid Phase Deposition of a Space-​Durable, Antistatic SnO2 Coating on Kapton. ACS Appl. Mater. & Interfaces 2015, 7(6), 3539-3546.

114) Alon, Hadas; Bakish, Idan; Nehrer, Josh; Anderson, Assaf Y.; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Zadok, Avi; Naveh, Doron Direct Observation of Patterned Self-​Assembled Monolayers and Bilayers on Silica-​on-​Silicon Surfaces, Optical Materials Express 2015, 5(1), 149-162.

115) Cohen Reut; Mazuz Yacov; Tikhonov Michael; Sukenik Chaim N. Carboxylic Acid Decorated Self-​Assembled Monolayer (SAM) Films: New Acid Synthesis Chemistry and Reaction Chemistry Including Bridged Diacyl Peroxide Preparation, Langmuir 2015, 31(10), 3049-3058.

116) Gotlib-Vainshtein, Katya; Girshevitz, Olga; Richter, Vladimir; Sukenik, Chaim N. Charging Effects in the Ion Beam Analysis of Insulating Polymers, Polymer 2015, 72, 59-62.

117) Toledano, Tal; Garrick, Rachel; Sinai, Ofer; Bendikov, Tatyana; Haj-Yahia, Abd-Elrazek; Lerman, Keti; Alon, Hadas; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Vilan, Ayelet; Kronik, Leeor; Cahen, David Effect of Binding Group on Hybridization across the Silicon/Aromatic-Monolayer Interface, J. Electron Spectrosc. Relat. Phenom. 2015, 204(Part A), 149-158.

118) Gangarapu, Satesh; Pujari, Sidharam P.; Alon, Hadas; Rijksen, Bart; Sukenik, Chaim  N.; Zuilhof, Han Effect of α-Heteroatoms on the Formation of Alkene-Derived Monolayers on H-Si(111): A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study, Langmuir 2015, 31(30), 8318-8327.

119) Hen, Mirit; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Ronen, Maria; Deitch, Alex; Barbiro-Michaely, Efrat; Gerber, Doron; Oren, Ziv An Off-​the-​Shelf Integrated Microfluidic Device Comprising Self-​Assembled Monolayers for Protein Array Experiments, Biomicrofluidics 2015, 9(5), 054108.

120) Gouzman, Irina; Girshevitz, Olga; Richter, Vova; Shawat Avraham, Efrat; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Nessim, Gilbert D. High Rate of Hydrogen Incorporation in Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes during Initial Stages of Growth Quantified by Elastic Recoil Detection, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119(47), 26726-26733.

121) Cohen, Reut; Sukenik, Chaim N. Highly Loaded COOH Functionalized Silica Particles, Colloid Surface A 2016, 504, 242-251.


Surface Chemistry


Particular research areas (projects):

1. Organic Monolayers for Catalyst Immobilization_

2. Wafer Bonding for Photonics and Micro-electronics_

3. Oxide Thin Films for Controlling the Chemical and Physical Properties of Interfaces_

4.  Engineering Organic Interfaces for Studying Electron Transfer_

5.  Controlling Biomaterial Interfaces