On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Untold News presented the inaugural Untold News Awards to Israeli inventors. Professor Shlomo Madgassi of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was one of the three Israeli winners selected for the award out of many candidates submitted by prestigious Israeli institutions including, Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, among others. Each winner received a $10,000 prize. Professor Magdassi is the Enrique Berman Chair at the Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry, the Krueger Family Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at The Hebrew University.
Professor Magdassi won the prize for inventing a bendable plastic touch screen display for smart phones. The display can be made with a commercial inkjet printer, reducing the number of manufacturing steps by 80 percent. Optoelectronic and electronic devices, such as touch screens of smartphones, solar cells and smart windows use transparent conductive coatings (TCC). The invention, which is based on “coffee ring” phenomena, presents a new, simple process to create bendable and flexible touch screens, while printing silver nanoparticles which self-assemble into invisible structures. A new start-up company, ClearJet, was established about a year and a half ago, for making touch screens for smartphones and automotive panels.
Professor Magdassi’s research focuses on colloid science, in particular, on formation, stabilization and applications of micro and nanoparticles in dispersions. In addition to basic scientific research he conducts industrial R&D projects for various companies. He is the author of numerous scientific publications, and the editor of three books: Surface Activity of Proteins, Novel Cosmetic Delivery Systems and The Chemistry of Inkjet Inks. Professor Magdassi also has many patents and patent applications, which are related to applications of dispersed systems in various industries.
Untold News is an American non-profit dedicated to promoting Israeli inventors and educating Americans on the positive news generated from the State of Israel. A jury of American leaders including Mr. David Schizer, former Dean of Columbia Law School; Dr. Barry Coller, Chief Medical Officer, Rockefeller University; Tony Tether, former Director of DARPA; and Heidi Jacobus, Chariman and CEO of Cybernet Systems selected the winners.
Listen to hear a clip from Professor Magdassi and the other awards winners, Professor Dan Peer of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Cell Research and Idan Tobis.