Professor Uri Banin is the incumbent of the Alfred & Erica Larisch Memorial Chair in Solar Energy at the Institute of Chemistry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU). He was the Founding Director of the Harvey M. Krueger Family Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and led the university’s nanoscience initiative in the frame of the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (2007-2010). Since joining Hebrew University in 1997, Professor Banin has served on the Executive Committee, its Board of Managers and on the Board of Yissum, HU’s technology transfer company.
Professor Banin is the scientific founder of Qlight Nanotech, developer of products based on semiconductor nanocrystals for use in flat panel displays and efficient LED lighting. Qlight won the Best Nanotechnology Company of the Year Award at the NanoIsrael 2014 conference. Among other recent accolades, Professor Banin received a Kaye Innovation Award and a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) advanced investigator grant. He was previously awarded Rothschild and Fulbright postdoctoral fellowships and the Alon fellowship for young faculty from the Israeli Board of Higher Education. He received The Michael Bruno Memorial Award, the Israel Chemical Society Prize for a young scientist and the Yoram Ben-Porat Prize from The Hebrew University.
A member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Nanosys, Professor Banin has served on the editorial board of the journal Nanotechnology. His more than 150 scientific publications have been extensively cited, and have impacted various areas of the science and technology of nanocrystals.