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Cleantech

Members of BINA’s Nano-Cleantech Center are advancing the knowledge – and developing the materials and methodologies – that will lead to a sustainable, environmentally-friendly society.  Their combined efforts – related to alternative energy, climate change, pollution and “green” chemistry – are at the heart of many promising industrial collaborations.

  • Development of new approaches for breaking down hazardous bio-films
  • Micro-porous, double-layer carbon electrodes for water de-ionization and desalination

Researchers

  • Nanochemistry

    Ultrafine and Stable Fluorescent N@C-dots: A-0h; B-24h

    Developing new methods (sonochemistry, microwave dielectric heating, sonoelectrochemistry, and RAPET) for the fabrication of nano materials.
    • Developing nano materials for various applications

  • Quantum Engineering & Devices

    • Thermophotonic Devices
    • Novel Optoelectronic Materials & Devices
    • Transport in Nanostructures
    • Semiconductor Hetrostructures
    • Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers
  • What are the true horizons for Lithium-Ion Batteries that can promote and advance the electro-mobility revolution in the 21-st century?

    We develop the most energetic, high capacity cathodes for Li ion batteries, most suitable for use in electric vehicles. We focus on developments and modifications by cation (Al3+, Zr4+, Mo4+) and anion (F-) doping and surface coatings (Al2O3, AlF3, ZrO2) of materials for positive electrodes (cathodes) of two promising families of lithiated transition metals oxides: Li & Mn-rich xLi2MnO3·(1−x) Li[NiaCobMnc]O2 (x<1, a+b+c=1) and Ni-rich LiNixCoyMn1-x-yO2 (x→1) materials respectively. Our group has extensively worked on the above issues during the last 8 years, aiming at understanding:

    A.  How does the surface modification of Li & Mn-rich compounds can change the activation process during charging?

    B.  Capacity and voltage fading during cycling and stabilization mechanisms of the above important cathode materials.

    Intrinsic properties of Ni-rich materials, like poor electronic conductivity, thermodynamic instability in charged state etc.

  • The Biofilm Research Laboratory

    TEM micrographs of S. aureus (cyan) treated with the synthesized nano-particles (yellow). The nano particles target bacteria and mark them for destruction.

    • Bacterial biofilms
    • Nanoparticles with anti-biofilm properties
    • Bacterial virulence
    • Bio-ethanol production

  • Computational Systems Immunology

    An example of a project workflow in our lab, from sample collection to antigen binding and health status prediction

    Our lab develops computational and statistical tools to process and analyze high-throughput biological data. The research is multidisciplinary and involves elements from mathematics, statistics, physics, computer science, biology and medicine. Our main focus is studying the adaptive immune system from a system/repertoire perspective. In particular, we are interested in understanding lymphocyte (T and B cells) repertoire dynamics in healthy individuals as well as in illness states such as infections, autoimmune diseases, aging and cancer. We apply advanced molecular biology methods to produce large sequencing data sets of human lymphocyte receptors, and analyze them using dedicated computational pipelines, in order to obtain meaningful biological insights into the adaptive immune system.