Prof. Arie Zaban, is a full Professor in the Chemistry and the former Director of Bar-Ilan’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) and its Nano Energy Center.
Major areas of interest
Renewable energy including conversion (PV), storage (batteries) and management.
All Oxide PV: The development of a new PV family via combinatorial material science. New metal oxide materials, structures and concepts that overcome the limiting properties of the known oxides are used to enable efficient, low cost, durable solar quantum conversion.
Third generation solar cells: new approaches to light harvesting and utilization in photovoltaic systems mainly aimed at efficient utilization of the solar spectrum: light harvesting antennas, spectral splitting and decoupling the light path from the electronic path.
Metal-Air electrochemical power sources: anode and cathode materials (catalysts, membrains, metals,) for high energy density metal air batteries with emphasis on aluminum-air and Li-air systems.
Quantum-Dot Sensitized Solar Cells (QDSSCs): Design, synthesis, characterization and application of QD based solar cells. Basic understanding of the unique mechanisms of these photo-electrochemical systems.
Perovskite Sensitized Solar Cells (PSSC): Design, synthesis and characterization of high efficiency hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites solr cells. Fundamental study of the basic cell mechamisms.
Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs): New (nano)materials and fabrication methods. Basic understanding of the photophysical processes involved in this solar cell family including charge separation, charge accumulation, transport in the nanoporous matrix and recombination mechanisms.