People

Group Leader

Guy Mechrez earned his Ph.D. in polymer science under Prof. Moshe Narkis at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Prof. Ester Segal from the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering in the Technion, focused on the development of CNT/polymer nanocomposites and their implantation for bio-catalytic filtration systems and supercapacitors. After completing his PhD in 2014 he joined Shamir optical industry serving as the manager of coating and materials R&D team. At the end of 2015 he joined the Department of Food Science in Volcani Center, ARO, Israel. At Volcani Center, He is leading a research group focusing on the research fields of polymer science, nanomaterials, soft matter and colloidal science. The expertise of his research group lies in the areas of particle-stabilized emulsions and polymer nanocomposite science, spanning the length scale from the nano to the macro regime. Emphasis is put on the elucidation of structure-property relationships of colloidal particles and polymeric nanocomposites at fluid and gas interfaces, as well as the design of Janus amphiphilic particles, and novel materials derived from them. The research group aims to implement their knowledge in material science toward challenges of food and agriculture, including Ethylene sensing, single sell encapsulation for biopesticides and self-cleaning surfaces for greenhouses.

Staff scientists

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Reut Felfbaum 

Reut did her B.Sc in Biochemistry and Food Science at the Hebrew University.
She joined Mechrez group at 2017 as a master student, working on Individual Cell Microencapsulation via Pickering Emulsion for Biopesticide.

Postdoc. Fellows

Dr. M. Karthik Ananth

Karthik Ananth obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from Madras University, India. Currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Postharvest and Food Sciences, ARO, Volcani, Israel. His research comprises Janus particles synthesis, Superhydrophobic surfaces, Pickering emulsions, Nano materials and Polymer Composites. 

Ph.D. students

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Hagai Klein

Hagai obtained his M.Sc. in pharmacy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He joined Mechrez group at 2019 as PhD student and working on chemical sensing methods like ethylene sensing and surface enhanced Raman sensing (SERS).

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Avital Benhaim

Avital obtained her B.Sc in Biochemistry and Food Science at the Hebrew University.
She joined Mechrez group at 2017 as a master student, working on CNT based pickering emulsions.

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Raz Choen

Raz Cohen obtained is M.Sc in Biochemistry and Food Science at Oded Shoseyov's Lab at the Hebrew University, where he worked on the development of functional Nano-composite coatings. Raz joined our group during 2021 as a PhD student, currently working on food grade superhydrophobic coatings based on Pickering emulsions.

M.Sc. students

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Idan Harush

Idan is BA gradute of Biochemistry and food science in the Hebrew University and continu his M.Sc in the same circle. Idan research deals whit the fabrication of Janus particles and ther application as a surfactant for Polyethylene and Polyethylene Traftlet.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/idan-harush-%D7%A2%D7%99%D7%93%D7%9F-%D7%94%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%A9-0b3b59187

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Shoham is a MSc student in Mechrez's lab at the Biochemistry and Food Science department in the Hebrew University. Her work focused on Development of Bijle for controlled release applications.

Shoham Matsrafi Naftai

B.Sc. students

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Nitsan Lab Assistant & B.Sc Student

mail: mnitsan@yahoo.com  

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/nitsan-maccabi-abb026171

Nitsan Maccabi

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Tal kokailov 

Group coordinator

Lab Alumni 

Reut Felfbaum 

Meche Berenice

Avital Benhaim

Mor Maayan