Prof. Daniel Nessim

Associate professor
Prof. Daniel Nessim



1/2018 - present       Associate professor (with tenure)

10/2014 - 12/2017    Senior lecturer (with tenure)

10/2010 – 1/2015     Lecturer



Post-doc     MIT / Bar Ilan University (Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced materials)                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                           Cambridge, MA and Ramat Gan, Israel

                    Collaborative post-doc with Professors C.V. Thompson (MIT) and D. Aurbach (BIU)
                    Visiting scientist in the electrochemistry group of Professor Doron Aurbach (summer 2009)
                    Focus on integrating carbon nanotubes into batteries and supercapacitors (MITEI grant)


Ph.D           Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  

Cambridge, MA

               PhD, Materials Science & Engineering (electronic, photonic, and magnetic materials), 2009
               Advisor: Professor Carl V. Thompson
               Thesis: carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis for integrated circuit interconnects                                 
GPA 4.9/5.0;       Intel Fellowship (2006-2008)
               Supervised nine graduate students (MIT and international) and three MIT undergraduate students
               Research involved multiple collaborations and led to the development of new insights on:

  •  Growth of crystalline, vertically-aligned CNTs on conductive substrates below 500ºC
  •  Role of gas preheating to lower CNT growth temperature
  •  Control of CNT diameter and density via hydrogen-timed coarsening of catalyst layer
  •  Role of underlayer grains in catalyst film dewetting and CNT growth
  •  Electrical properties of multi-wall carbon nanotubes


MBA           INSEAD                                                                                 Fontainebleau, France

               Master of Business Administration, 1994; Giovanni Agnelli scholarship


Pre-Ph.D    Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)                                     Paris, France

Opto-electronic Engineering (D.E.A. – Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies), 1990-91,
with distinction


M.Sc           Ecole Centrale Paris                                                                            Paris, France

               Master’s of Science, 1989-91, with distinction; Erasmus (European Community) scholarship
               First Italian to earn MSEE from Italy and France within the T.I.M.E. program (Top Industrial Managers for Europe)


M.Sc           Politecnico di Milano                                                                           Milan, Italy

               Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, 1984-89, thesis passed in 1993,
               summa cum laude (top 0.5%)




1.    A. Kumar, Y. Kostikov, M. Zanatta, G.D. Sorarù, B. Orberger, G.D. Nessim, and G. Mariotto*
Growth and Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes using Siliceous Breccia as Catalyst Source
In preparation

2.    V. Trovato, E. Teblum, Y. Kostikov, A. Pedrana, V. Re, G.D. Nessim*, and G. Rosace*
Sol-gel approach to incorporate very long carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into fabrics – study of the effects of CNT length on the electrical properties of the conductive textile
Journal of Materials Chemistry C (under review)

3.    Subodh. Kumar, SK T.Aziz, Sushil Kumar, Sk Riyajuddin, G. Yaniv, L. Meshi*, K. Ghosh*, and G.D. Nessim*
Hexagonal Copper Phosphide Platelets with Three Dimensional Graphene (Cu3P@3DG) Heterostructure as a Highly Performant Supercapacitor
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (under review)

4.    E. Shawat Avraham, O. Girshevitz, A. Westover, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim* 
Controlling Molybdenum reservoir thickness to enhance the growth of carbon nanotube forests
Nanoscale [7.2], (in press)

5.    A. Kumar, Y. Kostikov, B. Orberger, G.D. Nessim, and G. Mariotto*
Natural Laterite as a Catalyst Source for the Growth of Carbon Nanotubes and Nanospheres 
ACS Applied Nano Materials , Vol.1, (11), 6046–6054, 2018

6.    N. Muralidharan, C. Meng, E. Teblum, K. Moyer, G.D. Nessim, and C.L. Pint*
Multifunctional Structural Ultra-Battery Composite
Nano Letters [12.1], Vol.18 (12), 7761–7768, 2018

7.    N. Muralidharan, E. Teblum, A. Westover, D. Schauben, A. Yitzhak, M. Muallem, G.D. Nessim, and C.L. Pint*  
Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Structural Composite Supercapacitor
Scientific Reports [4.1], 8:17662, 2018 

8.    V. Shokhen, Y. Kostikov, I. Borge-Durán, Y. Gershinsky, I. Grinberg*, G.D. Nessim*, and D. Zitoun*
Scalable Silver Oxo-Sulfide Catalyst for Electrochemical Water Splitting
ACS Applied Energy Materials (in press)

9.    M, Mu, E. Teblum, Ł. Figiel, G.D. Nessim, and T. McNally*
Correlation between MWCNT aspect ratio and the mechanical properties of composites of PMMA and MWCNTs
Materials Research Express [1.1], Vol.5, 045305, 2018 

10.    P. Shriber, G.D. Nessim, and I. Grinberg*
First-Principles Investigation of Black Phosphorus Synthesis
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters [9.4], Vol. 9, 1759−1764, 2018 

11.    A. Itzhak, E. Teblum, O. Girshevitz, S. Okashy, Y. Turkulets, L. Burlaka, G. Cohen-Taguri, E. Shawat Avraham, M. Noked, I. Shalish*, and G.D. Nessim*
Digenite (Cu9S5): layered p-type semiconductor grown by reactive annealing of copper
Chemistry of Materials [9.5], Vol. 30, 2379−2388, 2018

12.    E. Shawat Avraham, A.S. Westover, L. Shani, V. Mor, O. Girshevitz, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
Patterned growth of carbon nanotube forests using Cu and Cu/Ag thin film reservoirs as growth inhibitors 
Carbon [6.2], Vol. 130, 273–280, 2018 

13.    S. Kumar, SK T. Aziz, O. Girshevitz, and G.D. Nessim*
One-Step Synthesis of N-Doped Graphene Quantum Dots from Chitosan as a Sole Precursor using Chemical Vapor Deposition
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], Vol. 122, 2343−2349, 2018

14.    G. Grinbom, M. Muallem, D. Zitoun*, and G.D. Nessim*
Direct growth of CNTs on Si-Fe NPs with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method for improvement anode material in Li-ion batteries
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], 121, 25632–25640, 2017 

15.    O. Girshevitz, V. Richter, E. Shawat Avraham, G.D. Nessim*, and I. Gouzman
Correlation between density and hydrogen content in vertically aligned carbon nanotube forests by Ion Beam Analysis
Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A [1.4], Vol.35, Issue 6, 2017

16.    R. Yemini, A. Itzhak, Y. Gofer, T. Sharabani, M. Drela, and G.D. Nessim* 
Nickel overlayers modify precursor gases to pattern forests of carbon nanotubes 
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], 121 (21), 11765–11772, 2017

17.    E. Shawat Avraham, O. Fleker, L. Benisvy, L. Oakes, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
Inducing porosity and growing carbon nanofibers in ferroin perchlorate: an example of morphological transitions in coordination complexes 
Journal of Solid State Chemistry [2.3], Vol.23, 21–28, Sept. 2017

18.    S. Kumar, S. Gonen, A. Freidman, L. Elbaz, and G.D. Nessim*
Doping and reduction of graphene oxide using chitosan-derived volatile N-heterocyclic compounds for metal-free oxygen reduction reaction
Carbon [6.2], Vol. 120, 419–426, Aug. 2017

19.    O. Marciano, S. Gonen, N. Levy, E. Teblum, R. Yemini, G.D. Nessim, S. Ruthstein, L. Elbaz* 
Modulation of Oxygen Content in Graphene Surfaces Using Temperature Programmed Reductive Annealing: Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Electrochemical Study
Langmuir [3.99] 32 (44), pp 11672–11680, 2016

20.    E. Teblum, A. Itzhak, E. Shawat-Avraham, M. Muallem, R. Yemini, and G.D. Nessim*
Differential Preheating of Hydrocarbon Decomposition and Water Vapor Formation Shows That Single Ring Aromatic Hydrocarbons Enhance Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes Growth
Carbon [6.2] Vol. 109, P.727-736, November 2016

21.    R. Yemini, M. Muallem, T. Sharabani, E. Teblum, Y. Gofer, G.D. Nessim* 
Patterning of Forests of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) Using Copper Overlayers as Iron Catalyst De-Activators
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], Vol. 120 (22), P. 12242−12248, May 2016

22.    M. Muallem, A. Palatnik, G.D. Nessim, Y.R. Tischler*
Strong Light-Matter Coupling and Hybridization of Molecular Vibrations in a Low-Loss Infrared Microcavity
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters [9.4], Vol. 7, P. 2002−2008, May 2016 

23.    M. Muallem, A. Palatnik, G. Nessim, Y.R. Tischler* 
Strong Light-matter Coupling Between a Molecular Vibrational Mode in a PMMA Film and a Low-loss Mid-IR Microcavity
Annalen der Physik [3.4] Vol. 528, Issue: 3-4, P. 313-320, April 2016

24.    Q. Wang, P. Subramanian, A. Schechter, E. Teblum, R. Yemini, G.D. Nessim, A. Vasilescu, M. Li, R. Boukherroub, S. Szunerits*
Vertically aligned nitrogen-doped carbon nanotube carpet electrodes: highly sensitive interfaces for the analysis of serum from patients with inflammatory bowel disease
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces [7.5], Vol. 8, P. 9600−9609, March 2016

25.    I. Gouzman, O. Girshevitz, V. Richter, E. Shawat Avraham, C. Sukenik, G.D. Nessim*
High Rate of Hydrogen Incorporation in Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes During Initial Stages of Growth Quantified by Elastic Recoil Detection
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], Vol. 119, P. 26726−26733, November 2015 

26.    J. Barzola-Quiquia, P. Esquinazi*, M. Lindel, D. Spemann, M. Muallem, and G.D. Nessim 
Superconductivity and magnetic order observed in bundles of Double-Wall Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon [6.2] Vol. 88, P. 15-25, July 2015

27.    S. Verma, S. Kumar, E. Shawat, G.D. Nessim, and S.L. Jain*
Carbon nanofibers decorated with oxo-rhenium complexes as efficient heterogeneous catalyst for oxidation of amines
Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical [3.96], Vol. 402, P. 46-53, June 2015

28.    S. Kumar, S. Verma, E. Shawat, G.D. Nessim, and S.L. Jain* 
Amino-functionalized carbon nanofibres as an efficient metal free catalyst for the synthesis of quinazoline-2,4(1H,3H)-diones from CO2 and 2-aminobenzonitriles
RSC Advances [3.3] Vol. 5, P. 24670-24674, March 2015

29.    M. Muallem, A. Palatnik, G.D. Nessim, and Y.R. Tischler*
Room temperature fabrication of dielectric Bragg reflectors composed of a CaF2/ZnS multilayered coating 
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces [7.1], P.474–481, 7 (1), January 2015


30.    P. Subramanian, A. Cohen, E. Teblum, G.D. Nessim, and A. Schechter*
Electro-catalytic activity of nitrogen plasma treated vertically aligned carbon nanotube carpets towards oxygen reduction reaction
Electrochemistry Communications [4.6], P. 42–46, Vol. 49, December 2014  

31.    M. Somekh, E. Shawat, and G.D. Nessim*
Fully reproducible, low-temperature synthesis of high-quality, few-layer graphene on nickel via preheating of gas precursors using atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition
Journal of Materials Chemistry A [8.3], P.19750-19758, Issue 36, December 2014 

32.    Y. Miroshnikov, G. Grinbom, G. Gershinsky, G.D. Nessim, and D. Zitoun*
Do we Need Covalent Bonding of Si nanoparticles on Graphene Oxide for Li-ion Batteries?
Faraday Discussions [3.9], P.391-402, Vol.173, 2014 

33.    E. Shawat, I. Perelshtein, A. Westover, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
Ultra high-yield synthesis of self-assembled, conductive, and superhydrophobic three-dimensional mats of carbon nanofibers via full catalysis of unconstrained thin film
Journal of Materials Chemistry A [8.3], P. 15118–15123, Issue 36, September 2014 

34.    E. Teblum, M. Noked, A. Kerman, M. Muallem, Y.R. Tischler, D. Aurbach, and G.D. Nessim*
Millimeter-Tall Carpets of Vertically Aligned Crystalline Carbon Nanotubes Synthesized on Copper Substrates for Electrical Applications
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], P. 19345–19355, Vol. 118/33, August 2014

35.    E. Shawat, Mor V., Y. Fleger, L. Oakes, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
What is below the support layer affects carbon nanotube growth: an iron catalyst reservoir yields taller nanotube carpets
Nanoscale [7.2], P. 1545-1551, Vol. 6, Jan. 2014

36.    O. Mero, E. Shawat, G.D. Nessim, J. Grinblat, and S. Margel*
Air-stable nanogranular Fe thin films formed by Chemical Vapor Deposition of triiron dodecacarbonyl as catalysts for carbon nanotube growth
Thin Solid Films [1.8], P. 76–84, Vol. 550, Jan. 2014 

37.    A. Röthlisberger, M. Seita, A. Reiser, E. Shawat, R. Spolenak, and G.D. Nessim*
Investigating the Mechanism of Bidirectional Growth of Carbon Nanofiber Carpets on Metallic Substrates
Carbon [6.2], P. 498–507, Vol. 63, Nov. 2013

38.    R. Shapira, G.D. Nessim, T. Zimrin, and D. Aurbach*
Towards promising electrochemical technology for load leveling applications: extending cycle life of lead acid batteries by the use of carbon nano-tubes (CNTs)
Energy & Environmental Science [25.4], P. 587-594, Vol. 6/2, Feb. 2013

39.    E. Teblum, Y. Gofer, C.L. Pint, and G.D. Nessim*
The role of catalyst oxidation state in the synthesis of tall carpets of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes
Journal of Physical Chemistry C [4.5], P. 24522-24528, Vol. 116/46, Nov. 2012

40.    G.D. Nessim*, A. Al-Obeidi, H. Grisaru, E.S. Polsen, C.R. Oliver, T. Zimrin, A.J. Hart, D. Aurbach, and C.V. Thompson
Synthesis of tall carpets of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes by in situ generation of water vapor through preheating of added oxygen
Carbon [6.2], P. 4002–4009, Vol. 50, April 2012

41.    G. Gershinsky, H. Ortal, G. Salitra, J. Grinblat, E. Levi, G.D. Nessim, E. Zinigrad, and D. Aurbach*
Ultra fast elemental synthesis of high yield copper Chevrel phase with high electrochemical performance
Journal of Solid State Chemistry [2.3], P. 50-58, Vol. 188, April 2012

42.    G.D. Nessim*, M. Seita, D.L. Plata, K.P. O’Brien, A.J. Hart, C.M. Reddy, P.M. Gschwend, and C.V. Thompson
Precursor gas chemistry determines the crystallinity of carbon nanotubes synthesized at low temperature
Carbon [6.2], P. 804-810, Vol. 49/3, March 2011

43.    N.D.R. Leifer, M. Noked, G.D. Nessim, and D. Aurbach*
Straightforward Method for the Characterization of Carbon Nanotube Suspensions
Carbon [6.2], P. 1042-1047, Vol. 49/3, March 2011

44.    G.D. Nessim*, M. Seita, K.P. O’Brien, S.A. Speakman
Dual formation of carpets of large carbon nanofibers and thin crystalline carbon nanotubes from the same catalyst-underlayer system
Carbon [6.2], P.4519-4526, Vol. 48/15, Dec. 2010

45.    G.D. Nessim*
Carbon nanotube synthesis with special focus on thermal chemical vapor deposition
Nanoscale [7.2], Invited review paper, P.1306-23, Vol. 2/8, March 2010

46.    G.D. Nessim, D. Acquaviva, M. Seita, K.P. O’Brien, and C.V. Thompson*
The Critical Role of the Underlayer Material and Thickness in Growing Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes and Nanofibers on Metallic Substrates by Chemical Vapor Deposition
Advanced Functional Materials [11.8], P.1306-1312, Vol. 20, April 2010

47.    G.D. Nessim, M. Seita, K.P. O’Brien, A.J. Hart, R.K. Bonaparte, R.R. Mitchell, and C.V. Thompson* 
Low Temperature Synthesis of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes with Ohmic Contact to Metallic Substrates Enabled by Thermal Decomposition of the Carbon Feedstock
Nano Letters [12.1], P.3398-3405, Vol. 9/10, Oct. 2009

48.    G.D. Nessim, A.J. Hart, J.S. Kim, D. Acquaviva, J. Oh, C.D. Morgan, M. Seita, J.S. Leib, and C.V. Thompson* 
Tuning of vertically-aligned carbon nanotube diameter and areal density through catalyst pre-treatment
Nano Letters [12.1], P. 3587–3593, Vol. 8/11, Nov. 2008


  1. G.D. Nessim, M. Seita
    The role of cobalt in carbon nanotubes synthesis, communication for the edited and peer-reviewed collection: “Cobalt: Characteristics, Compounds, and Applications”, Editor: Lucas J. Vidmar, P. 203-213, NOVA publishers, September 2011
  2. G.D. Nessim
    Carbon Nanotubes for chip interconnection, peer-reviewed article for the 2012 edition of the Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology, Editor: Bharat Bhushnan, Springer, August 2012



Kinetics of Materials 1 (diffusion): 2011- 2013, 2014 - 2019 

Kinetics of Materials 2 (phase transformations): 2012 - 2019

Invention: 2014, 2016, 2018

Seminarion (materials); 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015



The Nessim laboratory at Bar Ilan University (Israel) focuses on the synthesis of 1D and 2D nanostructures using state-of-the-art chemical vapor deposition (CVD) equipment. The scientific focus is to better understand the complex growth mechanisms of these nanostructures, to possibly functionalize them to tune their properties, and to integrate them into innovative devices.

We extensively collaborate with other groups in BIU, with other universities in Israel, with many groups in Italy (Politecnico di Milano, Sant'Anna di Pisa, U. Verona, U. Bergamo, Ca Foscari, etc.), and in the USA (Prof. Cary Pint, Vanderbilt) to do advanced characterizations of our nanomaterials and to integrate them into functional devices for electronic, mechanic, and energy applications.




1. G.D. Nessim, A. Itzhak, and E. Teblum (submitted provisional patent)

High yield synthesis of 2D monolayers of p-type copper sulfide using thermal annealing of bulk copper and sulfur gas


2.     G.D. Nessim and E. Shawat, provisional patent submitted on 16 July 2014 (Bar Ilan University)
Ultra high-yield one-step synthesis of conductive, and superhydrophobic three-dimensional mats of carbon nanofibers via full catalysis of unconstrained thin film

3. G.D. Nessim, provisional patent submitted in June 2012 (Bar Ilan University)
Synthesis of highly conductive metal-CNT (carbon nanotube) wire

Research Group


Dr. Eti Teblum, lab manager, since 6/2010

Pola Schriber, Ph.D candidate, since 9/2015

Tarik Aziz, Ph.D candidate, since 3/2017

Jonathan Richter, Toar Rishon, visiting student since 7/2018

Dr. Arka Saha, postdoc since 8/2018 (shared with Dr. M. Noked)

Rajashree Konar, Ph.D candidate, since 10/2018 (visiting student summer 2018)

Madina Telkhozhayeva, Ph.D candidate, since 10/2018

Dr. Baruch Hirsch, Ph.D candidate since 1/2019 (collaboration with Prof. D. Aurbach)



Dr. Haviv Grisaru, postdoc, lab manager, 2/2011 – 11/2011

Raj Krishnan, postdoc, 3/2012 – 10/2012 (co-supervised with Prof. Lellouche)

Ilan Oussadon, M.Sc. candidate, 10/2011 – 3/2012

Alex Tangy, Ph.D. candidate, 10/2011 – 3/2012

Asaf Cohen, M.Sc. candidate, since 9/2013 – 3/2014 (co-supervised with Dr. Alex Schechter (Ariel))

Yana Simony, Ph.D. candidate, 12/2012 – 5/2014 (co-supervised with Dr. Zitoun)

Miriam Somekh, M.Sc. 2014

Dr. Revital Balter, postdoc, 9/2014 – 8/2015

Reut Yemini, M.Sc. 2017

Merav Muallem, Ph.D. 2017, (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Dr. Subodh Kumar, postdoc, 8/2015 – 8/2107

Anat Itzhak, M.Sc, 2015 – 2017

Tali Sharabani, M.Sc, 2015 – 2017

Yulia Kostikov, M.Sc., 9/2016 – 10/2018

Efrat Shawat Avraham, M.Sc. & Ph.D, 3/2011 – 12/2018

Muallem Merav

Shawat Avraham Efrat

Yemini Reut

Itzhak Anat

Kostikov Yulia



Ortal Kravian, visting B.Sc. summer student from BIU, 6/2011 – 9/2011

André Röthlisberger, visiting M.Sc. summer student from ETH Zurich, 30/6/2011 – 30/9/2011

Nathan Monroe, MIT (MISTI) visiting student summer 2011 (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Alain Reiser, visiting M.Sc. summer student from ETH Zurich, 30/6/2012 – 1/9/2012

Jelimo Maswan, MIT (MISTI) visiting student summer 2012 (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Shoshy Bernstein, visiting B.Sc. summer student, 1/6/2012 – 1/9/2012

Levi Rybalov, visiting student (pre-B.Sc.), 1/2/2013 – 25/6/2013

Joanna Chen, MIT (MISTI) visiting student summer 2013 (co-supervised with Dr. Tischler)

Andrew Westover (Vanderbilt), visiting student summer 2016 (student of Prof. Cary L. Pint)

Arun Kumar (University of Verona), visiting student summer 2017 (student of Prof. Gino Mariotto)

Sasha Ohayon, visiting student (pre-B.Sc.), 2/2018 – 8/2018 

Yana Zubarev, B.Sc. summer visiting student from Clark University 2018

Phillip Nagler, B.Sc. summer visiting student from Yeshiva University 2018