Full Professor

Prof. Malachi Noked

Full Professor
Bldg. 206, Room B736

    Dr. Noked conducted his Ph.D. studies as an Eshkol scholar under the supervision of Prof. Doron Aurbach at Bar-Ilan University, studying carbon materials for electrochemical water treatment and supercapacitors. For his studies Dr. Noked accepted the Excellent Graduate Student award of the Israel chemical society. After graduating, Dr. Noked was chosen as a Fulbright Ilan-Ramon fellow and conducted his postdoctoral studies at the energy frontier research center, leaded by the University of Maryland, where he utilized nano-fabrication and surface modification techniques for applied electrochemistry, and served as instructor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

    Dr. Noked returned to BIU two years ago, to establish a new research labpratory. Dr. Noked is awardee of the prestigious Yigal Alon fellowship for young scientists. Dr. Noked's lab has state of the art synthesis capabilitilies and tools, and more important a crew of 12 motivated students. 



    2004-2007 : B. Sc., Biophysics (multidisciplinary program in science) Bar-Ilan Unversity, Israel.

    2007-2009 : MSc in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) Advisor: Prof. Doron Aurbach Department of Chemistry- Group of Electrochemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

    2009-2013: Ph.D. in Chemistry (Electrochemistry) Advisor: Prof. Doron Aurbach Department of Chemistry- Group of Electrochemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

    2013 – 2016: Post-doctoral Research Associate (Fulbright Ilan Ramon scholar) Department of Material Sciences and Engineering Department of Chemistry and Bichemistry, Energy Frontier Research Center http://www.efrc.umd.edu/ University of Maryland, College Park.  Mentors- Professor Gary Rubloff, and Professor Sang-Bok Lee

    Honors and Fellowship:

    2009-2012 - Doctoral Fellowship of excellence in nanotechnology- BINA center.

    2010- Schechter Award for Excellence – Chemistry department BIU

    2011-2013- Eshkol fellowship for Ph.D. students - The Israeli Ministry of Science.

    2013- Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting participant (Chemistry).

    2013- Excellent PhD student of Chemistry- Israel Chemical Society.

    2013-2014 - Fulbright fellowship for postdoc.

    2013-2014 - Fulbright Ilan-Ramon Fellowship for postdoc (1 chosen from all 2013 Fulbrighters).

    2017- 2020     Yigal Alon Fellowship for young scientists.


    In our laboratory we utilize state of the art synthesis techniques for interfacial modification of electrochemically active surfaces by functional thin films.

    Students in our lab experience synthesis through surface directed chemical reaction in vacuum (atomic/molecular layer deposition ALD/MLD) and in carefully chosen electrolyte solutions (surface directed electrodeposition).

    The characterization of the synthesized thin films and the fundamental studies of their efficacy as surface modification materials, are conducted using state of the art microscopic and spectroscopic surface analysis facilities available in Bar-Ilan University and currently being constructed in our lab.


    The complex physicochemical conditions on electrochemically active surfaces lead to degradation mechanisms through parasitic chemical and electrochemical reactions. This interfacial instability frustrates technology applications, and significantly hinders the progress to electrochemical devices with high sensitivity (electrochemical sensors), high energy performances (batteries), efficient faradaic surface reaction (water splitting, oxygen reduction reaction e.g) and long term stability (purification systems, batteries etc.).

      Elucidating the fundamental degradation mechanisms of electrochemically active interfaces, and developing mitigation strategies in accordance with the explored pathways, are the main interest of our research team.

    We utilize state of the art thin film synthesis techniques (ALD/MLD), and self limiting electrochemical deposition, in order to develop new chemistries for functional thin films, which impede the parasitic reaction, but yet- mediate the desired electrochemical reaction in optimized kinetics.  


    Research Themes:

    Though the technological impact of our work is broad (Electrodes in batteries, fuel cells, sensors, electro-catalytic surfaces, photo-voltaic cells, water splitting etc.), we mainly aim to understand the mechanism of the material degradation, and to use the fundamental findings as guidelines for synthesis of functional thin films.


    As model systems, the scientifically informed designed thin films are synthesized and studied in accordance with three research themes:

    • Stabilization of batteries electrodes in implanted medical devices, using multi-components atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD) on the electrode interface


    • Designing arrays of nano-materials with controlled morphology and structure for electrochemical devices.



    • Modified metallic anode surfaces for next generation rechargeable batteries.


    Last Updated Date : 25/03/2024