My passion is designing smart functional materials
Currently, Gilad is doing his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) on dynamic nanosystems mimicking the systemic complexity of biology in the Bio-Organic Chemistry group of Prof. Jan van Hest under the supervision of Dr. Loai Abdelmohsen.
Reversible dynamic assembly of supramolecular nanostructures is often employed in biological systems for spatiotempoal regulation of functionality. In order to gain better understanding of these transient events, we will design synthetic biomimetic systems based on polymeric nanoreactors, capable of undergoing reversible assembly under stimuli. We will then exploit the catalytic activity to introduce autonomy, regulation and functionality as well as monitoring the assembled state.
Gilad believes in multidisciplinary research and education, working on the borders between chemistry, physics and biology. He received his MSc in nanoscience and nanotechnology in 2016 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, working in the Laboratory for Nanomaterial-Based Devices of Prof. Hossam Haick. In his research, he developed novel sensors for the detection of gaseous carbon dioxide based on resistance changes due to sorption events. During 2017-2018, Gilad studied (bio)molecular electronics for one year at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) in the department of organic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Mordechai Sheves. In his work he studied electron transport through protein monolayers in solid-state (dry) configurations. He moved to the Netherlands in 2019 to join the van Hest group at TU/e for his PhD in dynamic out-of-equilibrium assembly of nanoreactors.