Prof. David Zitoun

Associate Professor
Prof. David Zitoun
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Academic carreer:

2009 - present: Senior lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Bar Ilan University

2004 - 2009:      Senior lecturer, Universite Montpellier II, France


1995 - 1999: M.Sc., Physical Chemistry Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France
2000 - 2003: Ph.D., Coordination Chemistry Universite Toulouse III, France
2003 - 2004: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Inorganic chemistry, Nanowire Research Laboratory, Department of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, California, U.S.A. (Professor Peidong Yang).



List of David Zitoun’s publications





39. Low temperature template free route to nickel thin films and nanowires. M. Shviro and D. Zitoun Nanoscale 20124, 762-767


38. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Investigation of Manganese Doping in ZnL (L = O, S, Se, Te) Nanocrystals

S. Bhattacharyya, D. Zitoun, A. Gedanken Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters 2011, 3(4), 541-549.


37. New topotactic synthetic route to mesoporous silicon carbide

P.-C. Gao, Y. Lei, A. F. Cardozo Perez, K. Rajoua, D. Zitoun, F. Favier  J. Mater. Chem. 2011, 21, 15798-15805


36. Thermal low spinhigh spin equilibrium of Fe(II) in thiospinels CuFe0.5(Sn(1_x)Tix)1.5S4 (0rxr1)

M. Womes, C. Reibel, A. Mari, D. Zitoun Journal of Solid State Chemistry 2011, 184, 753–763


35. Magnetic properties of Cd1−xMnxTe/C nanocrystals

S. Bhattacharyya, D. Zitoun, A. Gedanken Nanotechnology 2011, 22, 075703


34. Luminescent and Ferromagnetic CdS:Mn2+/C Core-Shell Nanocrystals

S. Bhattacharyya, Y. Estrin, D. H. Rich, D. Zitoun, Y. Koltypin, A. Gedanken  J. Phys. Chem. C  2010, 114, 22002–22011


33. CoFe2O4−TiO2 and CoFe2O4−ZnO Thin Film Nanostructures Elaborated from Colloidal Chemistry and Atomic Layer Deposition

G. Clavel, C. Marichy, M.-G. Willinger, S. Ravaine, D. Zitoun, N Pinna  Langmuir 2010, 26, 18400


32. Comparative study of NiSb2 and FeSb2 as negative electrodes for Li-ion batteries

C. Villevieille, C.M. Ionica-Bousquet, B. Fraisse, D. Zitoun, M. Womes, J.C. Jumas, L. Monconduit Solid State Ion. 2011, 192, 351.


31. Tailoring the magnetic anisotropy in CoRh nanoalloys

Munoz-Navia, M; Dorantes-Davila, J; Zitoun, D, Amiens C, Jaouen N, Rogalev A, Respaud M, Pastor GM
Appl. Phys. Lett.  2009, 95 (23), 233107


30.Comparison of the Electrochemical Lithiation/Delithiation Mechanisms of FePx (x = 1, 2, 4) Based Electrodes in Li-ion Batteries

S. Boyanov, D. Zitoun, M. Menetrier, J.C. Jumas, M. Womes, L. Monconduit

J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113 (51), 21441



29. Mössbauer Spectroscopy and Magnetic Measurements As Complementary Techniques for the Phase Analysis of FeP Electrodes Cycling in Li-Ion Batteries

S. Boyanov, M. Womes, L. Monconduit, D. Zitoun

Chem. Mater. 2009,  21 (15), 3684


28. Transition Metal-Doped ZrO2 and HfO2 Nanocrystals

A. Pucci, G. Clavel, M.-G. Willinger, D. Zitoun, N. Pinna

J. Phys. Chem. C  2009, 113 (28), 12048


27. Atomic scale characterization of tin based intermetallic anodes

S. Naille, R. Dedryvère, D. Zitoun, P.E. Lippens

J. Power Sources, 2009, 189, 806.


26. Structural Versatility of the e-SmGax Phase: X-Ray, Electron Diffraction, and DFT Studies.

Monique Tillard, David Zitoun, Claude Belin

Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 2399.


25. A One-step, Template-free Synthesis, Characterization, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Zn1-xMnxTe Nanosheets

S. Bhattacharyya, D. Zitoun, Y. Estrin, O. Moshe, D. H. Rich and A. Gedanken

Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 326.


24. Microwave Synthesis of a Long-Lasting Phosphor

J. S. Filhol, D. Zitoun, L. Bernaud and A. Manteghetti

J. Chem. Ed.  2009, 86, 72.


23. One-pot fabrication and magnetic studies of Mn-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with an encapsulating carbon layer

S. Bhattacharyya, D. Zitoun, A. Pucci and A. Gedanken

Nanotechnology  2008, 19, 495711.


22. One-Pot Synthesis and Characterization of Mn2+-doped Wurtzite CdSe Nanocrystals Encapsulated with Carbon

S. Bhattacharyya, D. Zitoun and A. Gedanken

J. Phys. Chem. C 2008, 112, 7624.


21. New synthesis method of a silicon nanocomposite anode for Li-ion batteries.

Laurence Lacroix-Orio, Monique Tillard, David Zitoun, Claude Belin

Chem. Mater. 2008, 20(4); 1212-1214


20. Manganese Doped Zirconia Nanocrystals

Guylhaine Clavel, Marc-Georg Willinger, David Zitoun*, Nicola Pinna*

Eur. J. Inorg. Chem 2008, 6, 863.


19. Nanostructured transition metal phosphide as negative electrode for lithium-ion batteries

K. Annou, S. Boyanov, C. Villevieille, M. Pelosi, D. Zitoun, L. Monconduit

Ionics 2008, 14 (3), 183.


18. Magnetic properties of CoNRhM nanoparticles: experiment and theory

M. Muñoz-Navia, J. Dorantes-Dávila, D. Zitoun, C. Amiens, B. Chaudret, M.-J. Casanove, P. Lecante, N. Jaouen, A. Rogalev, M. Respaud and G. M. Pastor

Faraday Discuss 2008, 138, 181.

  17. Size Dependent Enhancement of Spin and Orbital Magnetism in CoRh Nanoparticles

M. Muñoz-Navia, J. Dorantes-Dávila, C. Amiens, B. Chaudret, D. Zitoun, M.-J. Casanove, P. Lecante, N. Jaouen, A. Rogalev, M. Respaud, G. M. Pastor

MRS Bulletin 2007


16. Solvent dependent shape and magnetic properties of doped ZnO Nanostructures

Guylhaine Clavel, Marc-Georg Willinger, David Zitoun*, Nicola Pinna*

Adv. Funct. Mater. 2007, 17, 3159.


15. Three Novel Phases in the Sm-Co-Ga System. Syntheses, Crystal, Electronic Structures and Properties

YongZhong Jia, Claude Belin*, Monique Tillard*, Laurence Lacroix-Orio, David Zitoun, GuoHua Feng

Inorg. Chem. 2007, 46, 4177



 14. Magnetic properties of cobalt and manganese doped ZnO nanowires

G. Clavel, N. Pinna, D. Zitoun,

Phys. Stat. Sol. (a), 2007, 1, 118


13. Solution-grown Zinc Oxide Nanowires

Greene LE, Yuhas BD, Law M, Zitoun D, Yang P

Inorg. Chem 2006, 45 (19): 7535-7543


12. Transition-metal doped zinc oxide nanowires

Yuhas BD, Zitoun D, Pauzauskie P, He R, Yang P

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2006, 45, 420


11. Single crystal manganese oxide multipods by oriented attachment

Zitoun D,* Pinna N, Frolet N, Belin C

J. Am. Chem. Soc 2005, 127, 15034


10. Structural study of bimetallic CoxRh1-x nanoparticles: Size and composition effects

Fromen MC, Lecante P, Casanove MJ, Guillemaud PB, Zitoun D, Amiens C, Chaudret B, Respaud M, Benfield

Physical Review B 2004, 69, 235416


9. Bimetallic Co1-xRhx and Co1-xRux alloyed nanoparticles: size induced enhanced magnetisation.

Zitoun D, Respaud M, Fromen M. C. ; Casanove, M.J.; Lecante, P. ; Amiens C, Chaudret B.

J. Magn. Magn. Mat. 2004 , 272-76, 1536


8. Self-organisation of CoRh nanoparticles on chemical nanopatterns

C. Martin, D. Zitoun, L. Ressier, F. Carcenac, O.Margeat, C. Amiens, B. Chaudret, M. Respaud, J.-P. Peyrade, C. Vieu

J. Magn. Magn. Mat. 2004 , 272-76, E1363-E1365


7. Synthesis and magnetic properties of nanoscale bimetallic CoRh and CoRu particles

Zitoun D, Respaud M, Fromen M. C. ; Casanove, M.J.; Lecante, P. ; Amiens C, Chaudret B.

J. Phys. Chem. B 2003, 107, 6997.


6. Magnetic nanoparticles through organometallic synthesis: Evolution of the magnetic properties from isolated nanoparticles to organised nanostructures.

Dumestre F, Martinez S, Zitoun D, Fromen M.C., Casanove M.J., Lecante P., Respaud M., Serres A., Benfield R.E., Amiens C, Chaudret B

Faraday Discussions, 2003, 125, 4.


5. Synthesis and magnetic properties of nanoscale bimetallic Co1Rh1 particles

Zitoun D, Respaud M, Fromen M. C. ; Casanove, M.J.; Lecante, P. ; Amiens C, Chaudret B.

New J. Phys.  2002, 4, 77.


4. Magnetic enhancement in nanoscale CoRh particles

Zitoun D, Respaud M, Fromen M. C. ; Casanove, M.J.; Lecante, P. ; Amiens C, Chaudret B.

Phys. Rev. Lett.   2002, 89 (3), 037203.


3. Structural and magnetic study of bimetallic Co1-xRhx particles

Fromen MC, Serres A, Zitoun D, Respaud M, Amiens C, Chaudret B ; Lecante, P ; Casanove, M.J.

J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 2002, 242, 610-612.


2. Size and composition effects in the structure and properties of polymer protected bimetallic particles

Casanove, M.J.; Lecante, P.; Fromen, M.C.; Respaud, M.; Zitoun, D.; Pan, C.; Philippot, K.; Amiens, C.; Chaudret, B.; Dassenoy, F.

Nanoparticulate Materials. Symposium Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 2002, 704, 349-354.


1. Covalent linking of beta-slabs of EDT-TTF moieties: Bis(ethylenedithiotetrathiafulvalenyl)-ethane and its 1 : 1 radical cation salt with Au(CN)(2)(-)

Fourmigue M, Meziere C, Canadell E, Zitoun D et al.

Adv. Mater. 1999, 11 (9): 766-769.



  1. Nouveaux matériaux contenant des éléments du groupe 14

D. Zitoun, C. Belin, M. Tillard, L. Lacroix-Orio Patent FR07/01282


  1. Nouveaux matériaux contenant des éléments du groupe 14

D. Zitoun, C. Belin, M. Tillard, L. Lacroix-Orio, M. Pelosi Patent FR08/03601


  1. Novel Materials Including Elements of group 14

D. Zitoun, C. Belin, M. Tillard, L. Lacroix-Orio, M. Pelosi Patent WO 2008/122711


  1. Procédé de synthèse d'aluminates de métaux alcalino-terreux

J.S. Filhol, D. Zitoun, A. Manteghetti Patent FR2922545





Bottom-up approach of nano-devices

The aim of the laboratory is to elaborate metallic and magnetic nano-components for batteries, fuel cells, sensors and biomedical applications. The laboratory works on the integration of these nano-building blocks on silicon, one of the most well known and yet most promising material for energy conversion (solar cells) and energy storage (lithium-ion batteries).

Dr Zitoun's lab develops an alternative route to elaborate thin films using wet chemistry deposition. Two major routes are explored; the first one consists in the colloidal synthesis of nanospheres and nanowires which are spread on the substrate by wet coating. In a second approach, the molecular precursor is directly targeted to the substrate and reacts in situ. The lab synthesizes reactive organometallic complexes and studies the thermolysis, photolysis and chemical reduction of these complexes. Dr. Zitoun brings a major achievement with the use of designed reactive organometallic precursors that could be decomposed to form metallic coatings down to room temperature. This approach allows direct synthesis on the desired substrate (metallic, plastic...) with the use of standard coating equipment and/or state of the art research equipment, like Atomic Layer Deposition.

Particular research areas (projects):



3._Energy storage_

Research Group


David Zitoun, PhD, faculty
Bar Ilan University
Department of Chemistry
Bar Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA)
Room B236
Ramat Gan 52900
Office : + 972 (0)3 738 45 12
Cell:+ 972 (0)54 783 74 45
Fax: + 972 (0)3 738 40 53