Prof. Chaim Sukenik

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Professor of Chemistry
Nanotechnology (206), Room 135-1. Laboratory Phone: 03-5318071
Reception Hours
Appointment by e-mail only

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.


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


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.

122) Alon, H.; Garrick, R.; Pujari, S. P.; Toledano, T.; Sinai, O.; Kedem, N.; Bendikov, T.; Baio, J. E.; Weidner, T.; Zuilhof, H.; Cahen, D.; Kronik, L.; Sukenik, C. N.; Vilan, A., Effect of Internal Heteroatoms on Level Alignment at Metal/Molecular Monolayer/Si Interfaces. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122, 3312-3325.

123) Kantor-Uriel, N.; Roy, P.; Lerman, K.; Sukenik, C. N.; Cohen, H., Dark and photo-  induced charge transport across molecular spacers. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology B 2018, 36.

124) Rozen, E.; Erlich, Y.; Reesbeck, M. E.; Holland, P. L.; Sukenik, C. N., Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayers Bearing Diiminate Complexes Immobilized through Covalently Anchored Ligands. Langmuir 2018, 34, 13472-13480.

125) Thamaraiselvana, Chidambara ; Carmiel, Yacov; Eliad, Gary; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Semiat, Raphael; Dosoretz, Carlos G., Modification of a  polypropylene feed spacer with metal oxide-thin film by chemical bath deposition for biofouling control in membrane filtration, Journal of Membrane Science2019, 573, 511-519.