BRIEF BIO April 2011
Professor Moti Herskowitz
Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development
Director of the Blechner Center of Industrial Catalysis and Process Development
Israel Cohen Chair in Chemical Engineering
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva , Israel
Tel: +972 (0) 8-647-2421
Fax: +972 (0) 8-647-7745
Moti Herskowitz , professor of chemical engineering and researcher in the fields of advanced materials , catalysis and multiphase reactors , was appointed Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development on September 2003. Prof. Herskowitz is responsible for promoting and facilitating all aspects of fundamental and applied aspects of R&D , including the diverse infrastructure , the marketing and management.
Prof. Herskowitz received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis . He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at BGU in 1979 as lecturer and was promoted to Full Professor in 1992.
Prof. Herskowitz has served as the chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He established and became the director of the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development in 1995 leading many of its research programs. He published over 120 papers and 20 patents based on basic and applied research. Some patents deal with novel renewable and clean fuels as well as processes for their production. Others are related to environmental catalysis and green chemistry. Prof. Herskowitz has been associated with Exxon (Mobil) Research and Engineering Company for 25 years and was a consultant for a number of companies.
The Blechner Center has succeeded , under the leadership of Professor Herskowitz , to attract major funding of over $13 , 000 , 000, used in building the research infrastructure and developing outstanding expertise in heterogeneous catalysis and catalytic processes. The scientific topics are related to fundamental aspects of novel catalytic nanomaterials. The Blechner Center played a key role in the Center of Excellence funded by the Israel Science Foundation. Professor Herskowitz participated in two consortia within the FP5 framework and is currently part of an IP consortium.
Professor Herskowitz has been involved in a number of projects related to alternative and renewable fuels. ExxonMobil has announced recently that the Blechner Center is a partner in the development of a breakthrough technology ( http://cleantech.com/news/2091/exxonmobil-and-partners-to-develop-hydrogen-fuel-system ) that will facilitate on-board generation of hydrogen thus advancing the application of fuel cells for transportation. Another patented technology developed at the Blechner Center is the production of advanced, green diesel fuel from vegetable and animal oil. ( http://www.haaretz.com/news/israeli-scientists-wonder-could-seaweed-power-the-world-1.240695 ). This technology is being considered for commercialization. Professor Herskowitz is currently engaged in the development of liquid fuels production from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.